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How to Make a Useful To-Do List

Updated on November 6, 2016
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Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Could Creating Lists Be Genetic?

Most of us thrive on to-do lists. For those who don't need them, I applaud you, or pity you, you decide after you're done reading this article.

I, for one, can't survive without a list. I've been creating lists since I was old enough to write. I used to create lists about which books I wanted to read or which adventure I'd probably get grounded for.

Lists keep me sane, well depending on your interpretation of sane. To-Do lists help my life run more smoothly.

Could list keeping be genetic? I must have been doing something right all along because my daughters create lists. Even my granddaughter who is six years old is beginning to write lists. Granted, only she could understand them, but that's OK at least we're keeping it in the family.


To Do Or Not To Do

On your mark, get set, go...

The most important thing to remember about creating a to-do list is remembering where you placed your list. How many of you spent time writing a list and then misplaced it? I have done that countless times. If all else fails you could always write your to-do list on your arm, but that might appear a bit odd. Unless you like odd, then by all means go right ahead.

Regardless, it's imperative that your list is conveniently placed within hands reach so you could jot down things to add before you forget them. You could also have more than one list and combine them as needed.

I keep a paper list on my desk. I also send myself email reminders on my iPhone. I also have post-its scattered about the house and car. I also use a dry erase board. I did mention I am the queen of lists, didn't I? Eventually all my lists mate and create one big happy family of tasks that need to be accomplished.

You could also create a to-do list with invisible ink, which means you'll never have a to-do list. The choice is always yours, but keep in mind the chores will eventually catch up with you and someone's going to have some work to do.

Does The To Do List Ever End?


The To Do list

Whether you refer to your list as a to-do list or a honey-do list it's important that the tasks are completed no matter who is tending to the to-do.

Organization is of utmost importance. If you lack the skill of organizing chances are your to-do list might not be a success, but fret not, you still have hope. Being organized is something you could teach yourself in time. This practice requires patience and concentration, if you lack either of those then I just suggest you hire a professional to-do lister. Seriously, you do still have hope.

I tend to tackle the most difficult or lengthiest tasks first. As I progress down the list the simpliest is usually the final challenge for the day, or week, or month depending on how long it takes you to complete your list.

Number your list with the top ten tasks. Laundry, floors, cleaning out closets or dusting are simple tasks that could be done anytime of the day or night. I would add those towards the bottom of the list.

Doctor or dental appointment, bank transactions, post office runs are more daytime errands so tackle those during the 9-5 hours. These should be at the top of the list. If you dread grocery shopping as much as I do, I suggest you tend to this task during the week and try to skip weekends when stores are their busiest.

Be realistic when creating your list. Don't set yourself up for failure. Set priorities as to which tasks need to be completed accordingly. There is a difference between tasks, goals and projects. A to-do list is for tasks that are manageable in a timely manner.

Only add manageable tasks to your list. If you consistently notice the same task repeatedly on your list chances are that task is never going to get done so either hire someone to do it, or forget about it.

Remember The Milk is an online to-do list task manager. This is an excellent tool for someone who tends to be forgetful. Besides never being blamed for forgetting the milk again, you'll have reminders popping up on your computer screen. It's used by millions worldwide and is accessible from smartphones also.

If you are prone to lose your paper list, have you considered purchasing a dry erase board? Keep a few dry erase markers nearby and continue to add and erase to your list. I guarantee you won't misplace this list, unless your board has wings and could fly. Teach your family members to add and delete tasks also. Give gift certificates as bonus prizes to whichever family member completes the most chores.

Enlist the help of family members to run errands. Better yet, hire a person to run errands for you. The Errand Runner could tend to the mundane tasks that occupy a chunk of your time. This person could be a neighbor or friend.

If you have a smartphone you could send yourself reminder messages as to when a task should be completed. An alarm will go off at your specifically set time to remind you to get it done. iPhone has an application called Things that could help you manage your tasks. You might want to consider this app if you have $9.99 to spare.

Allow your creative mind to expand and explore. Add some exciting incentives to your list as rewards for a job well done. A manicure, going to a movie, a bubble bath, a cold beer, an afternoon nap are all tokens of appreciation to bestow upon yourself after completion of a task or two.

I strongly suggest having a positive attitude before you begin your mission. What fun would it be if you dread tackling your list and have a bad attitude? Consider it a fun challenge. Yes, work could be entertaining. I've always found ways to add excitement to any task I do. Even if the majority of the time I'm laughing at myself for making mistakes, but I still found the humor in it.

There are always ways to make your list a bit easier. Most of the time. Give yourself an acceptable amount of time to complete the list. Don't make it harder then it might otherwise be.

Another idea is to tackle just one task per day. You don't have to run yourself ragged trying to do everything at once. As long as you feel you've accomplished something that's what counts.

Be specific with your tasks to complete. Painting your home should never be on a to-do list. That's a project. Painting a wall or cleaning baseboards is a task.

Be patient. Rome wasn't built in a day and chances are your list won't be completed in a day either.

As you complete each chore check it off your list and give yourself an atta girl or boy. Before you know it your list will begin to dwindle down and you'll be done.

I commend you on taking the initiative in completing your mission of creating a successful to-do list. Hopefully you've picked up some tips that will help make your tasks a bit easier.

It's now time to celebrate your accomplishments. It's also time to begin creating a new to-do list.

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    • fpherj48 profile image


      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      There's something you need to do TODAY Linda Sue....CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY!!

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      5 years ago from KOLKATA

      We have been making To Do lists from our childhood days much to our benefit. My elder brother would make daily lists combining the possible jobs he could finish on a day. Even he would prepare memo slips for his children who would have otherwise forgotten to carry lunch box or other important things.Thnks for sharing such an important topic.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How to Make a Useful To-Do List so easy and most informative eon this idea, a well-suggested topic so many people fail to make a to-do list due to many obstacles and you explained it so perfectly.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      I am very thankful for this article. Stimulating and creative ideas I will be seeking as redevelopment occurs. So many solutions offered I will have to create a tree to decide which offers the best for me for many lists soon to be created. This article offers much to ponder with today's answers of how to about lists for Today's world


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      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Awesome! As you said, I tend to forget where I put my To-Do List and then there were post stick notes. :) Now, thank goodness for my electronic gadget (blackberry works for me), I don't misplace it anymore. I also love the fact that I could get a loud reminder of my To-Do-List. Sometimes, it gives me a heart attack...too loud. Lol!

      I like your suggestions. I shall reward myself in the future.

      Very useful and will be passing it along. Cheers!

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      Elias Zanetti 

      6 years ago from Athens, Greece

      I have a strange relationship with those kind of lists. Sometimes I love them and some other times i feel that they... suppress me! Nevertheless, I do admit they help you a lot to do what you gotta do :)

      Nice post!

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      Brian Leekley 

      7 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      Up, Useful, and Interesting. Three more free helpful utilities are workflowy (Internet based easy and intuitive list software), stickies (puts "post-it" notes on your computer screen -- from Zhorn Software, and Gubb (Internet list software at gubb DOT net -- easy to use and color coded).

      As my memory fades, it helps me to have lists -- what to pack, what to buy, what to do, what meetings are coming up, birthdays, and so on, but too often I forget to enter the data or to look at the lists.

      I read somewhere the advice to have a to get done list instead of a to do list and to limit it to no more than 3 projects to get done in a week. That would not be suitable for routine tasks or for puttering tasks but might help get projects done that are on the to-do list for months.

      I have a What Have I Been Avoiding Doing? list. If I can make even a quarter hour of progress on it in a day, I've made headway against procrastination.

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      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      I have lists for my lists! With everything I need to remember to do every day.. I need them desperately. I love your suggestions, particularly the one where I should reward myself for accomplishing my tasks..hahaha

      What do they say?..... "Great minds...." ♥ Voted up and shared. ---Lisa

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      7 years ago

      My to-do lists are lifesavers! :) This is a good reminder to start the new year right--get organized!

      …depending on your definition of sane… :) he, he, hee… um, at least in this context!

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      7 years ago

      Linda, you are a woman after my own heart. I can not live without my 'to do list', even if I don't get the things on it 'done'. My whole life is structured around the list. I might as well give up and go back to bed if I don't have one, my mind cant cope, ha ha.. Saying that I end up writing lists all over the place and then losing them, so will be following your suggestions and bookmarking this page.

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I get so much more accomplished when I use a to do list. Otherwise, I seem to procrasinate way too much. I have started writing on a little whiteboard that I have on the fridge. Hopefully hubby will look at it from time to time and get some incentive too! Great hub! Up and useful! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Christy, Thank you for the share!

      LoveDoc, Thanks for the return visit!

      Deb, Keep on crossing off!

      Sherry, Keep on writing!

      Mike, I never heard of Wunderlist. Thanks!

      I appreciate your comments...feel free to drop by anytime :)

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      Mike Robbers 

      7 years ago from London

      well,, I'm totally addicted on making to-do lists :) .. They are awesome for getting you organized and I think they can really give you a big boost while studying or working. I use the "Wunderlist" task-manager application,, it is free and a great tool for organizing yourself .

      Thanks for this hub Sunshine,, your ideas and suggestions are excellent!

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      Sherry Hewins 

      7 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Even it I lose my list, I find that just writing things down helps me remember.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      There are few things more satisfying in the course of a work day than crossing an item off my to-do list!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Sunshine. I'd be lost without my lists. If it's not written down on a list somewhere it's probably not getting done. I've been like this since I was a kid.

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      7 years ago

      Awesome & useful. Worth revisiting

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      Christy Birmingham 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awesome Sunshine! I had not heard of those task managers so I will have to check them out. I am sharing here, FB, and Twitter too.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      It sounds like you have a fabulous method going for you Sue. Keep up the good work!

      Livewithrichard, Women know best. Haha! Wishing you many constructive lists.

      Thank you both!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Vicki, Michelle, Nyamache, Shasta ... Your additional suggestions and ideas are very much appreciated.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for your comment Jordan!

      Wishing you many, many more to-do lists drbj.

      Thank you for the share Ruchira!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Dana, I had to google the photo of the to-do list tattoo, how cool would that be! Thanks for the heads up!

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      Richard Bivins 

      7 years ago from Charleston, SC

      I use to laugh at my girlfriend when she would complain about her list. I never kept one so I was never disappointed when nothing was accomplished. I keep one now and it certainly helps stay organized and productive.

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      7 years ago

      Hi Linda,

      I do like your suggestions on how to keep a to do list but I don't like to do lists. If there is something really important that needs to be done on a particular day then I will write it down.

      Voted up

      Take care :)

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      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      I started using to-do lists for my homework assignments. I remember using a pre-printed lime green sheet of paper that was very easy to find. It really helped keep me organized, remembering all of my assignments in one place. There was even a check off box so I could mark when they were completed.

      You're provided great ideas on not just making a list, but also accomplishing the tasks on it. Voted up.

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      Joshua Nyamache 

      7 years ago from Kenya

      Time management is very important and one way of managing it is by creating a to-do list. The list also makes a person not to do activities without a plan. I will be lost if I perform activities without a to-do list.

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      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      I use Linoit for IPAD voraciously, Linda. I create many categories of To Do Lists, and it does help because I'm one of the very forgetful ones. Thanks for sharing, and I will share this useful article too.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What a useful hub! I keep a master to do list--no, really a folder with different tabs, but I make a to do list daily, and often things get sent on to the next day. There's a great satisfaction in must making the list. I just wish I would get more done. LOL. But it is such a valuable thing to keep people focused. Great hub. Many votes!

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      7 years ago from United States

      Yes, I bank on theses lists since they help me stay focussed and organized.

      Loved your specible hub, Linda.

      Sharing it across

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      I am a non-stop creator of to-do lists and the most psychological satisfaction one can get from this exercise is completing an item on the list and then drawing a heavy line through it with a red magic marker. Very satisfying!

      Thanks, Linda, for your excellent suggestions.

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      7 years ago from NC

      Awesome! Makes me want to use to-do lists non stop now. voted up!

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      Dana Strang 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Linda - your comment to Nell just reminded me of this... I saw a tattoo online that was a Blank To-Do List! It was a note pad with lines.... I admit that I do write things on my hand a lot, but that is just crazy!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Gypsy, I'm happy I could help.

      Hi Tom, Thank you for the share!

      Your comments are appreciated.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Nell, you might want to consider writing your to-do lists on your arm. Haha!

      Alecia, Mr. Magoo awww I haven't heard his names in years. Thanks for your comment! :)

      Shining, Efficiency is crucial with lists.

      Giblin, I'm glad I could help with Remember The Milk. I have a few friends who use it and swear by it.

      AV, Great minds think alike! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      RC, Thank you for the laughs as always! Your comment was a great tongue twister! :)

      Hi Nithya, One task a day is a great way to go.

      Linda, A bonfire! That's awesome. I could have one also with all my to-do lists.

      Hi Jools, it seems like you got your to-do lists together. Well done!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Steph, I found tackling the most difficult task first easier to deal with. I'm sure you also find humor in your to-do list :)

      Hi Martin, It's never to late for a to-do list. You could turn them into limericks!

      Dianna, Yes there is a difference between task and project. Projects need their own to-do list.

      Thank you all for your comments!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Dana, Keeping a list of things you've done is a great idea! I never thought of that. I'm sure many people who read your comment will appreciate that. Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Mary, Publix BOGO sales are so addicting. I love them!!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great information and suggestion for the use of a good to-do-list . Well done ! Vote up and more !!!

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      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Try not to use them. I mentally work out what needs to be done, count the items and try to recall them. I am rereading this list so that I can use your far superior system!

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      American View 

      7 years ago from Plano, Texas

      Excellent hub, bound to piss off your stalker which makes the hub that much better. Up and awesome.

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      7 years ago from New Jersey

      Great hub. I discovered the unbelievable benefits of lists a few years ago and now create them all the time. I've never heard of Remember the Milk but I'll have to check it out.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      7 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I am a huge fan and endless user of to-do lists. They make my day more time management efficient.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I have to make a list to go to the store and do other things. Otherwise, I end up like Mr. Magoo. Nobody wants to be left hungry and without stuff. As always, an awesome hub!

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi Linda, I am useless at lists! I keep losing the stupid things! I even go shopping with my handbag clutched under my arm, list inside all ready to go, and guess what? yep, the list gets left at home! great ideas though, nell

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      Jools Hogg 

      7 years ago from North-East UK

      Linda, Great hub, voted up n shared - I am lost without my lists and I also use my phone to put in reminders about hospital appointments, dental visits etc. My shopping list is done every Thursday before I shop otherwise I get to the check out with a huge trolley full of food and can't make one meal out of it. I hadn't thought about looking on line for a list maker- I'll check those out later.

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      Linda Crist 

      7 years ago from Central Virginia

      Linda, if I gathered all the lists I create and leave laying in some undisclosed location in my house, car, or purse, I could start a bonfire that would warm every homeless person in America. I don't understand how I can remember to make them and not be able to remember where I put them. Selective recall maybe? You have given me some great ideas though. Thanks!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Very helpful. Doing the most difficult task first is a great idea. One task a day is what I do. All great tips and ideas.

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      7 years ago from Kentucky

      I put making a list on my list of list of things to do when I start making lists again. I listed it at the top of the list of that list so that it wouldn't get lost in the list. Sorry, this is a serious hub this time (but you did slide in the "invisible ink" comment earlier, you sly one. Actually, when I was a District Manager, I lived by my "To Do" lists. To rely only on memory is a sin as events occur each day and priorities as shifted. Good hub, Linda!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I use my phone's notebook for my daily to-do-list. However, I don't complete it and the next day aborbs it. I like the way you defined to-do from project -- maybe this is my problem!

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this.good and efficient idea. Too late for me, as all I now do is read and type.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      Lists are an indispensable tool when it comes to time management. Before retirement, I had a notebook of lists with deadlines marked in red. It was always a great feeling to check off the completed tasks at the end of the day. Your suggestion of tackling the lengthiest tasks first is a really good idea. I've found that if I do the easy stuff first, the hard things never get done at all because I wear myself out before I get to them. Good article, voted up and useful!

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      Dana Strang 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Nice Job. I am lost without a list. At my office jobs I always kept a stno pad open with a list of everything i needed to do for the week. One of the last things I did on Friday's was to review it and make my list for Monday. It totally kept me on track. I never threw the lists away either. I just went to the next page. Any time my boss wanted to know what I was doing, or what I had been doing, I could just pick up my list.

      I am out of work at the moment. Tomorrow's task is to start a list for home. I have not been as successful with at home lists. I think your hub will help me out.

      btw - voted up :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I have post-it notes all over my desk to remind me to do important tasks. I make a grocery list and stick to it (unless Publix is having their "buy one, buy one free" items.

      I voted this UP, etc.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Cardisa, It's a hub about a list, which is even better :) Use a dry erase board without wings and you'll be jsut fine. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I agree Jen, checking off the "done" is awesome!!

      Hi Rebecca, I'm glad you support the to-do list.

      holyjeans, I haven't included the grocery list in this hub because that's a whole hub by itself. It's always best to remember to take the list with you :)

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      I though your to list was going to be a fooling around. I sometimes make a list and remember and every thing turns out fine then some days I just can't find my list. But a to-do list is the best way to get things done especially things you have been putting off for a while.

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      Amy D. 

      7 years ago from Mostly in My Own Little World

      I am a master of lists. I make grocery lists all the time. They are the most organized, neatest grocery lists you could ever see. If only I could ever remember to take them to the store with me.....

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      When I get bogged down a to-do list is an absolute must for me. Great Hub!

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      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I am a list maker. The only thing better than making the list is being able to check the items off once they are complete!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Alocsin, Google Calendar! Thank you for mentioning that, great idea!!

      mpropp, to-do lists in your head, good for you! I'd probably misplace those.

      Tills, I understand about the grocery list. I'm lost without one.

      Thanks y'all for sharing your to-do stories.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Bill, yes post-its scattered about does count. You might want to consider taping them together so that you have one big post-it :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Effer, You are a hoot and holler. You crack me up! I'm looking forward to my card. Well depending on which to-do list you added that to, the one from 1997? Thanks for the laugh! ;)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ebonny, Incentive and rewards tend to keep us more motivated. Just like when we were children and we were given stickers or stars for a job well done. We just progressed to shopping adventures :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      LoveDoc, You are one lucky lady if you could remember appt's without writing them down. I could forget them even if I write them down which is why I also send myself an email to remind me, because chances are I'll check my email before I check the calendar. I never shop without my grocery list, but that's another hub :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Audrey, I'm glad I could help. I wish you many useful to-do lists in your near future. Good luck!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Janine, I'm not surprised that you create lists also. Maybe it's the Long Island air that got us started. Yet, after reading other comments I'm thinking it's contagious. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      The Queen shines again! I've been doing to do's forever. Of course there are times when I come across to do lists that are outdated since I misplaced them months ago but...the most frustrating to me is leaving my grocery list home...I guess I have to add it to my to do list....BRING THE GROCERY LIST!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Melissa Propp 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      I write a lot of "to-do" lists in my head. Its really scary when you misplace those! Thanks for sharing all your ideas, you make a lot of good points. It makes sense that it would keep us better organized, if we kept up those lists. Voting up and useful!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I used to use "Remember the Milk" and recommend it highly. Nowadays, I rely on Google Calendar because it integrates nicely with other Google products. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I guess I do this; my writing studio is littered with post-it notes, so that counts, right?

      Great suggestions; I don't know how people get by without some sort of reminder.

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      7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Up and across the board!! How anyone exists or gets anything done, without it, is a huge mystery to me.

      Of course, my To-Do list, dates back a few years......I've had to resort to winding it around an empty paper towel roll.....everyday, I rip a portion off, to wipe up the table. Could that be a bad idea?

      I have post it notes too. ALL over. In the house, on the deck, in my car and the garage.......I even stick some of them on my arms. They tend to cover the chores that I jot down on my arms, but, eventually, it's OK.

      I think this is a marvelous hub. You have done a favor to humanity. I started using lists in 1996, and believe it or not, I'm down to my last 2 tasks on that which time, I can get busy on 1997 Spring cleaning.

      I don't know how to thank you, but I've just written down, "Send Linda a Thank you note," on my list. Watch your mail, gf!!

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      7 years ago from UK

      I too like to have a to do list and just love it when I can tick things off and will think about incorporating your ideas about incentives/rewards for a job well done. Thumbs up and more.

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      7 years ago

      Sunshine, you always come up with creative topics for your hubs. I hardly ever write To Do lists. Maybe I should start writing down all of my tasks. I usually remember deadlines and appointments without having to write them down. I still mark them in my calendar in case I forget though. I see many people at the grocery store with shopping list. It's actually a good idea because that way you know beforehand what you are going to buy and spend less money. Voted up!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Oh yes! I needed to read this. You must have peeked at the mess on my desk. I recycle everything including enevelopes that bills come in. I use those envelopes for my to do list, reminders, hub ideas and you name it. I'd love to have a nice clean desk and I work so hard I have two computers going at the same time on my cluttered desk.

      Well, now, you didn't need to hear all that (my confession). But now you know how much I needed your To Do List.

      Thanks, cutie, and voted up and away plus sharing.

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      Janine Huldie 

      7 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh, I am the first comment and so very happy to comment. I come for a long line of women who write lists for everything, so in fashion with keeping it with in the family, I too have grown into quite the list writer. Your tips here are great and truly invaluable. I must tell too use my iPhone my lists and like you would be lost without my BFF for that and so much more. Truly relate here and another wonderful Hub article :) :) Have of course voted up much and shared and tweeted, too!!!


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