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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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