Organised habit #4: leave yourself a starting point

Sort out paperwork with a Next Action GTD

I never seem to get a few uninterrupted hours to tackle any project. At most, I can work for maybe 20 minutes before I have to stop and attend to my children, get dinner ready or fold another load of laundry. Recently, I’ve got into the habit of making a note of the next action so that when I come back to it, I have a starting point and I don’t waste too much time trying to work out where to pick up again.

This is a just a simple trick, but I wanted to share it with you because I recently discovered the key to putting it into practice: you have to work out your starting point before you stop working. If you wait until the inevitable interruption comes, you’ll forget to make a note, and then you’ll forget what your starting point was too!

Some examples

I tend to write blog posts in the morning, while my kids are eating their breakfast. But usually something happens, like food falling on the floor or some other minor crisis. So I found these sticky notes that allow me to flag the page I was working on and write a quick note of the things to be done to complete the post:

Organised habit: leave yourself a starting point

Or, if I’m too tired, I can just use the UP TO HERE tab, which is repositionable. Having a section called POST IDEAS in my notebook also gives me a place to start if I don’t have any good ideas when I sit down to write. I figure that if I have to spend even half a minute flipping through my notebook to decide what I need to work on, I’ll just find something else to do instead (like more laundry!).

Blog post ideas & drafts notebook

GTD Next Action sticky notes

These notes come in a lined style and a plain neon style.

I’m studying at university this year, so as I am sitting in class, I write down all the homework and revision I need to do before the next class on a sticky note. This is important because it might be days before I have a chance to look at my books again.

Leaving myself a starting point has allowed me to work on the big projects a little bit at a time without getting overwhelmed.

I hope you enjoyed this series. I hope to be able to add more to this series as I think of new Organised Habits in the future.


6 thoughts on “Organised habit #4: leave yourself a starting point

    • Hello Amanda, I just visited your blog. You have some lovely pictures on there! And you have a thing for Hello Kitty too, as do I 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

      • Thank you! I read your hints and tips on how to take better photos on Philofaxy so they are down to you 😉 I’m glad I’m not alone in my Hello Kitty love!

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