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4 Corners Organizing

Organization. That beautiful concept that has so often eluded me. I seriously struggled with this area of life for many years and although I have learned so much over time, I still have a long way to go. Many of the people I admire most are those awesomely naturally organized goddesses that float through life with their planners, effective routines, and efficient lifestyles (if that’s you, I love you…come be my friend).

But really, organization is such an important part of life, especially if you are going to be effective in managing a home, business, work, family, church, ministry, etc. (And double especially if you happen to be doing all at once which I know many of us are). And although I am not naturally an organized person, I have really researched, read, studied and worked hard to create a sense of order and organization in my life and home with some good results, thanks be to God!

Yet still, every once in awhile, my to do list piles up and I get overwhelmed. You ever get those moments when everything and everyone just seems to be going crazy, your to do list is ultra maxed out, you feel like you can’t get a grasp on everything and that your head is gonna pop? Those are the times that I used to just let overwhelm me but now I’ve learned how to deal. In those particularly stressful times, I stop everything for a few minutes, sit down, pray and usually put on music to calm myself down. I then take out my planner and jot down a little system that I learned years ago; a system I like to call “The Four Corners” system.

Basically you get a piece of paper and divide it into four equal sections. You then label them as follows:

1. Important/Urgent

2. Important/ Not urgent

3. Less important/ Urgent

4. Less important/not urgent

Those titles are pretty self explanatory. You then think of everything you need to do and divide them into the category that best suits them. It really helps you to think clearly about what you need to get done.

  • Which item on your to do list is most important and needs to be done ASAP?  Some good examples: booking an important doctor’s appointment, dealing with a ticket, etc.
  •  Which is important but not urgent and can maybe wait to be done early next week? Renewing a passport perhaps….unless of course it’s expired and you need it to travel in two weeks (!) then it gets bumped to important and urgent.
  • Which is less important but still needs to be done urgently? For example, buying someone a birthday gift is less important than booking a doctor appointment but still needs to be done before you head off to that birthday party tonight.
  •  Finally, which items are the least important and not urgent and should therefore not take up too much of your thoughts until you have more time? A good example of this would be redecorating your living room. You still want to do it but it’s just not a main priority.

These are some examples that hopefully helped you to visualize this “4 corners” approach. Try it sometime! It really helps me in the crazy seasons (which just so happened to be today for me personally!)

What methods help you to stay organized in overwhelming seasons? Got any tips to share? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

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