What’s on your To Do list?
We’ve had lots of family fun on our To Do list this past weekend. College girl was home for a visit and it was opening weekend of the high school musical for my other daughter so we were busy, busy!
Over the years I have tried dozens of different types of time management systems, my shelves are lined with dozens of different books on time management and I’ve had lots of different daytimers/To Do lists!
Today I want to share with you what I currently use, in its very plain and simple form. I hope you are not too disappointed!
I am a lover of paper, as antiquated as that may seem in this increasingly “paper less” society we live in.
I do not like electronic gadgets for keeping track of my life. I like to do it the old fashion way – with paper and pen!
My current system is a combination of things I learned while reading Getting Things Done by David Allen.
Last year I used a simple, but cheerful, red Moleskin notebook
I love the size that fits easily into my purse (5 x 8″.) The elastic strap that wraps around it keeps it all together. It is well used and well worn and full! This last week I realized I was reaching the last few pages and it was time for a new one.
I figured if I must have a notebook to keep track of my life it mine as well be a pretty one!
So this weekend while college girl and I were doing a little shopping we stopped into one of my favorite stores, full of pretty things – Anthropologie. I found this pretty little notebook – perfect for my next To Do list.
My To Do list is pretty simple. I just divide each page into four sections – Errands, To Call, Computer and To Do.
Errands -list of places I need to go – bank, dry cleaner, pharmacy, Target etc. and the things I need to pick up there.
To Call- calls that need to be made during the week. I include personal as well as calls I need to make for my homebased business. Calls such as scheduling doctor’s appointments, haircuts, etc.
Computer- this list is anything and everything I need to do while at the computer. Emails that need to be sent, bills to be paid, lots of things for my homebased busness, etc. You’ll be amazed how long this list can become. It is usually my longest list.
To Do – this includes projects and just about anything else that doesn’t fall into the other 3 categories. Items such as writing thank you notes, organizing photos, scrapbook project, cleaning out a closet etc.
Each Sunday evening I sit down and make up my To Do list for the coming week. I look back at last weeks list and carry forward anything that didn’t get crossed off and add new things. Of course things get added throughout the week too.
By the end of the week my list is pretty messy – hopefully with lots of lines through things!
If the list just gets too messy or crowded I will rewrite the list midweek.
I use the page opposite of the To Do list to write down phone messages, ideas or thoughts I have or hear during the week, menu planning ideas, blog ideas etc.
What time management system do you use? What do you use to keep track of your life, your To Do’s?? Please share!