I realised last week that I had slipped back into the habit of just working with a daily To Do List and that the entries on the To Do List were not proper Next Action points but rather vague and all-encompassing things like "Prepare evening class". Ok, that's perhaps just about acceptable because I planned to spend most of the day on it, but because there was to be a mock inspection, "Prepare evening class" actually meant: make sure all class paperwork eg register is up to date; finish off the Scheme of Work that you started the other week; look through the OU course materials and work out exactly which activities regarding creation of characters you think will work with the class, modifying to suit if necessary; find a bunch of photos of people for the activity where students write a little scene based on the people in the picture; write a handout on creating characters; write a lesson plan; print off Scheme of Work, lesson plan and handout; get handouts photocopied, ditto Scheme of Work and lesson plan; make sure everything is in the bag you take to the evening class.
So each of these should have been down as a Next Action point, then I wouldn't have been checking and re-checking to make sure I hadn't forgotten anything. I could have ticked them off as I did them. (And got that nice little buzz when I ticked something off as completed!)
Anyway, as I have lots of deadlines coming up, I have now gone through my To Do List and updated all the categories, adding tasks and sub-tasks and setting some completion dates and priorities.
I now feel very organised. :)