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Good morning. This is Laura.

00:00:42 before breakfast podcast today's tip is to try creating with my friend Lisa Woodruff calls a Sunday basket. We all want to get control of our paper and other things that come into our lives. The best way to stop dropping balls is to set a designated time when you go through everything when you learn to trust that you absolutely will get through everything you can free up a lot of mental energy.

Lisa Woodruff owner of the organize 365 company and author of the new book The Paper solution suggest what she calls the Sunday basket technique, you collect everything you need to deal with during the week in a basket or at least some other container and he said sometime on Sunday to deal with it.

This is a wonderfully simple idea. Do you remember at some point during the week that you need to schedule a dentist appointment for yourself or someone else write that on a slip of paper and stick it in the Sunday basket find a library book that needs to get returned stick it in the Sunday basket where you will see it when you have your schedule and can find a time to return it specific bills that aren't on autopilot can go in the Sunday basket as can invitations that need to be responded to or School forms that need to be filled out. Basically anything that requires your attention goes in one spot. You don't have to think about it until the designated time.

Not for this to work, you have to trust that you will deal with the Sunday basket. No, tossing stuff in there and then deciding that maybe not this Sunday avoiding the basket might feel like you are catching a break but handled well a Sunday basket actually reduces mental load. You don't have to constantly think. Hey did I respond to that invitation or did I pay that bill or am I supposed to make a dentist appointment Lisa promises that once you get the system going you'll be able to get through the Sunday basket relatively quickly. It might take a few hours the first time as you catch up on everything in your life that you've been dropping but ideally it will be much much shorter in the future as you stay current and you'll no longer Miss bills and deadlines and such. I love this idea. I don't personally do a Sunday basket, but I do plan my weeks on Fridays and I require myself to deal with all such papers then any day really can work Sunday Friday, whatever.

But it has to be a day that you stick with regularly. And for most people Sunday turns to be a pretty good one. If you try Sunday basket, I'd love to hear how it goes. You can reach me at before breakfast podcast at In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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