Spark Joy and Clean Up Your To-Do List

Recently, Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo has been making waves around the country due to her new Netflix series, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” as well as her numerous books after the show granted her mainstream exposure.

Her simple approach of tidying up a room has caused plenty of sensation, including some mild controversy, that has Americans reevaluating their obsession with storage and clutter, and how to rid themselves from the unnecessary things in their life.

The United States also has a culture that values busyness and cramming tasks everywhere in their to-do list, even if people don’t have the time or motivation to complete them. The question for you then becomes: Can the KonMari Method apply to cluttered schedules as much as it does to messy, stuffy rooms?


The KonMari Method

Before applying the KonMari Method to your schedule, you should learn about the main steps that it involves.

Now, these steps aren’t going to apply to your situation exactly. Kondo’s method primarily targets messy or cluttered rooms, and how the owner can clean it up. Your to-do list will take a similar, but somewhat different approach.


Determine Your Overall Vision

As you begin the process, you will need some focus and a driving achievement that you’ll want to complete. Make sure to keep this vision as broad as you can. This can range from a long-term goal like arranging some free time over the weekend, to a life-changing process like moving, trying to get a new job, or an important personal project. This goal must have a large impact on your life so you can prioritize accomplishing it.

Whatever that goal is, write it down somewhere in your planner. Once you have decided on your vision, write down all the tasks you believe you must do to achieve it, as well as any tasks that are currently in your mind. Right now, don’t worry about organizing or deleting them. That part of the process will come next.


Keep the Tasks That Serve Your Vision

Once you have written down your overall vision, as well as all the tasks that are related or even vaguely related to it, it’s time to start taking out everything that doesn’t serve or help toward your overall goal.


Organize Your Tasks

By this point, you have everything necessary to complete your long-term goal or your life vision. However, the job is far from over. Now, you’ll need to organize all your tasks and make sure that they both serve that overall goal and that you can complete them in an efficient manner.

As you organize these tasks and activities, use an organizational method that works best for you. Use a planner or special software program to have everything listed and scheduled. Arrange the order of your tasks through numbers, letters, or even colors. Use whatever tool you need to make these tasks look like goals you’ll want to accomplish, instead of a list of chores.


Complete Your Vision

If you based your organization around a specific, long-term goal, then accomplishing this goal is now easier than ever. You can now clear one important life project from your life, with more likely to follow. Repeat this method for any long-term goals or visions you want to accomplish. Even if you don’t have a specific task at this time, get in the habit of organizing your to-do list to rid yourself of unnecessary attachments and free your time.

Work in Progress

Even though you have finished this KonMari-inspired organization plan, it is not something you can just declare finished and move on with your life. You will need to keep working at it to stay organized and live a more fulfilling life. By continuing to tidy up your to-do list, you will keep your bad habits away and prioritize the tasks that will improve your existence.

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