How can you make sure you have everything that you need, each and every time you switch out the contents of your purse, backpack, briefcase, or bag?
It’s as simple as creating and following a bag a check-off list!
Here’s what you do:
Make a list of must-have items.
Imagine yourself going through a normal day. What places do you visit? Whom do you interact with? What items do you use?
If you’re leaving home for work you might see yourself locking up the house (house keys), getting into the car and driving away (car keys), entering your office building (ID card or keys) and so forth.
Make a list of items that come to mind. Here are a few common items to get you started:
- House keys
- Car keys
- Work/school keys
- ID for work or school
- Wallet (Driver’s License or State ID, credit card(s), ATM card(s), insurance card(s), membership card(s), commuter passes, cash/coinage, etc.)
- Cell Phone
- Small Toiletries
Take a break and double-check your list.
Take a break and come back to your list in a day or two. Is there anything that you missed the first time around? Check the contents of the bag you are currently using for hints on what you might need to add to your list.
Finalize and post your list.
Post your list at eye-level in an easy to access place such as on a mirror, on closet or cabinet door, above a light switch, or a bulletin board near your desk. You could also enter your list and save it on your cellphone, smartphone or computer. Simply refer to your list every time you make a bag switch to ensure you’ve packed and properly transferred everything you need.
How about you? Can you name at least three items you must have with you at all times when you are out and about?
A version of this post originally appeared on www.theorderexpert.com on July 7, 2011.
Rashelle Isip is an organizing, time management and productivity consultant and blogger who loves who loves bringing order and balance into people’s lives. She is founder of The Order Expert, www.theorderexpert.com, a blog featuring organizing, time management and productivity tips, tricks and inspiration. For more information on Rashelle’s coaching and consulting services for individuals and small businesses, please visit www.rashelleisip.com. You can also follow Rashelle on Twitter @theorderexpert, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.