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Organize Your Life With To-Do Lists

Updated on August 8, 2013

I am a list maker. It's actually quite a joke with my family, friends and co-workers. I make lists for almost everything. I have small notepads and sticky notes stashed everywhere in case I need to write something down. It helps me organize my thoughts and my daily plans. I'm much less likely to forget to do something if it's written down. However, there has been occasion for me to "lose" or misplace my list. THAT is a major tragedy.

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Here are my favorite ideas for making to-do lists to help with organizing your life:

At Home:

Grocery List - I usually begin a grocery list for the next week (Saturday through Friday) on the Wednesday before. This way I know exactly what we'll be eating for a week, what I already have and what I need to buy and it saves quite a bit of money. Because I make a list, I rarely have to stop for something I need in the middle of the week.

Chores List- Who does what in the family to help out? Make a list for each person and the responsibilities for which he/she is charged.

Cleaning List - Make a daily, weekly and even montly list for each room of the house. For example, I typically do laundry on Wednesday and Saturday but only clean the top of the refrigerator about three times a year (it probably should be more often!).

Kids - Activities/Projects - I only have one child but for those families with more than that, a monthly calendar posted on the refrigerator with after-school sports and other activities listed for each child helps everyone keep track.

Bills - I'm not quite as good with this one but a list of what bill is due on what date and how much it is would definitely help with budgeting each month.

At Work - I have a large desk calendar that I write down important events/due dates, as well as a calendar on my computer. If it's a particularly busy day, I also write a to do list for the day. It feels good to mark things off when they are accomplished.

Do you have any additional ideas for making to-do lists that help to keep you organized? Please share!


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    Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    A pros and cons list can be very helpful, typeface. I've used them myself lots of times. Thanks for your comments!

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    typeface 6 years ago

    Good ideas! I love the idea of being organised (stationery is my secret love)but often find it difficult to actually remain organised for any length of time!

    I also find Pro and Con lists good - when choosing my A levels I made pro and cons lists of everything I wanted to take and they really help me make decisions!

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    Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Rowan, I feel your pain. My boss is just like that. Maybe one task per sticky note and when accomplished, throwing it away. Good luck!

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    RowanOrrlie 6 years ago

    The problem I have with lists is not actually in the maing, but in the total completion of one -- I have yet to get anything done on one list, but I have Post-It's everywhere. In my kitchen at home, it looks like a rainbow across my fridge with all the notes I have to leave myself to pick up this and that. At work, its even worse - my desk is already a mess as it is so the lists of things to do just get hidden or added to. It's gotten so bad there that my co-workers have threatened to either get me a professional organizer for Christmas or enter my cubicle in this "Pimp My Cube (" contest they found on the web where they make over your area. LOL! Either way, I think in 2012 I will try to commit myself to making one list per thing and getting through it instead of several little lists and leave them everywhere.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Gypsy. Most of us need all the help we can get.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Super great ideas! Thanks.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Ktrapp, I was born a list-maker, too. Crossing off stuff feels SO good!

    Aemillervb - Thanks, I do the couponing (though not extreme), too.

    Cherylone - I know some people who do the envelope thing. They love it.

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    Cheryl Simonds 6 years ago from Connecticut

    Hi, I find that lists per say don't always work, for instance, I took business sized envelopes and wrote the name of each bill at the top (one per bill) and then I dated it and wrote the amount. I then put the envelopes in the order of their dates due (adding in any bills I received in the mail with due date written on the outside). Then as each bill becomes due, it sits in front ready to be paid. When paid, I date for the next due date and move it to the back of the stack. This helps keep me organized and ensures that the bills get paid on time.

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    aemillervb 6 years ago from Virginia

    Great ideas! I used to have a daily to-do list for chores around the house, it helped a great deal. I also do the grocery list. I am a couponer so it really helps!

    Great hub!

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    Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

    I think I was born a list-maker. My particular favorite is a to-do list for home or for work. Strangely enough, when I have a to-do list I accomplish so much more since the act of crossing off an item gives me a sense of satisfaction.