Actually, I’m probably addicted to lists. I love them, and I have been known to add something to a list that I’ve already completed, just so I could mark it off. :) I keep a pencil and paper in my nightstand, because it’s not uncommon for me to be laying in bed and think of a million more things I need to do the next day.
Maybe it’s the loss of brain cells after pregnancies and having kids, but quite simply, if it’s not written down, I will not remember it. So, for my life to function, lists are my saving grace.
I make a list each night for the following day, divided into 4 basic categories:
This covers pretty much anything, in conjunction with the calendar. I also have a Weekly Items section, for things that need to be completed sometime during the week, but don’t necessarily need to be done on a certain day.
I know, some of you are probably thinking about how much you are not a list person, and how you would rather chew on nails than make one. You may even be a person that doesn’t need one. However, if you’re looking for a way to be more productive and organized, I would challenge you to start with making lists.
I’m an old-fashioned girl, and I like mine on paper. However, I have been known to send myself to-do e-mails, so I’ll remember to add new items to my list. You can keep one any multiple of ways–just find what works for you.
Here’s what my list for tomorrow looks like:
I also have lists for pretty much everything else, but those are all Excel files that I can refer to as needed. Keeping a notebook in my purse has also been key for me–I use it as much as almost anything else!
I know that making lists is just about as basic as you can get, but I also know that if you live by one, and really follow it, it can make a huge difference.
So, happy list-making!