I used to hand-write my to-do lists because I absolutely love using a pen and paper. However, I realized that I often think of something I need to do when I am on the go, and typing it out on my phone has become much easier. Instead of keeping one running list though, I break it up into chunks This technique to organize my to-do list has been life-changing; I am not exaggerating. I told my husband about it and he started doing it to and loves it – here is how!
- Download a to-do list type app, such as Color Note (that is the one I use).
- Create daily, weekly, and monthly lists. I like to call mine “today”, “this week”, and then I name the next 2 months.
- Add tasks to each list. Things that I really either need or want to get done right away go on the “today” list (pay a bill, fold laundry, etc.). Things that aren’t super pressing but I should get to soon go on “this week” (make dentist appointment, send out invites, etc.) And then things that are a bit farther out go on the monthly lists (monthly donation, work on Shutterfly album, plan party, etc.).
- As you think of a task, immediately add it to your list. I would forget probably 80% of things I need to do if I didn’t write them down. For example, you are in the shower and notice you are low on shampoo. When you are done with your shower, bust out that phone and write down to get more shampoo!
- When you have a minute (I do this several times a day), glance at your lists. Did you get through everything on your “today” list and have some extra time? Take a look at what you want to do this week and see if you can move any tasks over to today.
Once you get in the habit of looking at your list and adding to it and re-arranging, it becomes second nature 🙂