What is the Sunday Basket®?
The Sunday Basket® is a paper organizing system born out of a major mommy meltdown I had when my babies were little.
Let me set the stage for you: my 2 year old (later to be diagnosed with major ADD) was in the throes of a horrible asthmatic period of his life which involved hospital trips. His baby sister was a dream, but wanted mommy all the time. My business was BOOMING. I had parties, recruits, trainings to conduct, workshops, and I was spending well over 40 hours a week on work.
What I didn’t have was a plan. I was putting out fires left and right. I was afraid I would miss something, and never even know what I missed. And, to top it all off my papers were completely unorganized. My piles had piles and I couldn’t find anything to save my soul.
So, after the kids were in bed, I took all my papers into one room and sorted them into at least 40 different piles. Each pile had a different focus (stuff to add to the calendar, bills to pay, etc.). I developed a system of using slash pockets to corral all those little papers into manageable chunks and tossed them all in my favorite basket. Each pile got its own slash pocket. The beauty of the multiple slash pockets was that each area of focus was grouped together. I was able to pull one folder out and actually work instead of just shuffling through the stack.
After a few weeks, I realized that I was still overwhelmed with the thought of leafing through 40 folders each time I wanted to finish a task. So, I created a Sunday Basket®. That Sunday night, after all the kids were in bed, I took out all of my folders and sat on the floor with 2 baskets in front of me. One to do this week and one to “hold” anything I did not need to do until next Sunday. I picked up each folder and asked myself. Does this need to be done before next Sunday?
If the slash pocket needed to be done, I scheduled time to work on that as an appointment on my calendar. If the slash pocket project could wait unaddressed until the next Sunday, then I set it aside, guilt free. This allowed me to set aside current projects for one week, but not lose track of the project. Everything was together in the slash pocket and accessible if I needed it. My husband no longer saw paper piles a mile high. My kitchen counters were clear. I could grab an item from the basket and get it done whenever I had time to focus on my work.
The key to the Sunday Basket® is that you have to go through everything in the basket EVERY Sunday! Knowing that I would review everything in the Sunday Basket® each week meant that my brain could relax and know there was a plan to get everything done. As I gained skill in managing my papers, I started sorting school papers and mail right into the Sunday Basket® if it could wait until next Sunday.
The Sunday Basket frees your mind from worrying that things will get done and allows you to focus your energy on what you need to get done. I have chosen Sunday because it is the day that works the best for my personal, work, and family life. For you it may be Monday or Friday. But, no matter what, you need a consistent day!
The complete Sunday Basket® System comes with everything you need to set up your own Sunday Basket® and training videos to get you started.
If you need more help, Organize 365 also offers Sunday Basket Workshops to help you get started with your own Sunday Basket ®. You can sign up for a workshop here.