10 Types of To-Do Lists

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There are lots of different ways to make a to-do list. Some of the lists are effective and some of them aren’t.  And whether the list is effective or not doesn’t depend on the type of list it is – but what works for you.  Each of us function differently and need a different kind of list to be effective.  So which of these is your list making style? The Very Small List of Only Two or Three … [Read more...]

So You’re Ready to Get a Planner . . .


If you’ve never used a planner, or haven’t for a very long time, it can be overwhelming to get started.  But it doesn’t have to be.  There are a few simple steps you can take to figure out what you need.  So let’s get started. Keep it simple. At the beginning, it’s best to keep it as simple as possible.  Some of the planning systems are pretty streamlined but others are very complicated.  If … [Read more...]

How a Daily Plan Increases My Productivity

How a Daily Plan Increases My Productivity

I’m a piddler.  I come from a long line of piddlers and I’ve learned from the best.  Because I’m so good at it, if I don’t have a daily plan, I get very little accomplished. What do I consider a daily plan?  A daily plan for me is a page in my planner on which I’ve recorded my appointments and my tasks.  Sometimes I even plan when I’m going to do the tasks.  I also include things I need to … [Read more...]

Why I Use a Monthly Calendar AND Daily Pages

Why I Use a Monthly Calendar AND Daily Pages

I haven’t always seen the need for a monthly calendar (I had one but didn’t use it much) but I’m certainly a believer now and have been for a long time.  Here are 5 reasons I can’t live without my monthly calendar. A monthly calendar helps me see the big picture. I can’t see the big picture on daily pages.  It’s a little easier on weekly pages but it’s still not a big enough picture.  Seeing … [Read more...]

How to Make a To-Do List Using Categories

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Time management experts always say to be specific when making a to-do list.  Usually that’s good advice.  But there’s also a place for what I call category planning. Here’s an example of one of my category  to-do lists: Bible Tidy Sweep Chores Paperwork Dinner Quilt Blog Organize Computer A couple of these items are general but not necessarily a category – Bible, Tidy, … [Read more...]

 The Secret to Getting Your To-Do List Done!

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If you’ve ever wondered how you can get your to-do list done on a regular basis, there’s an answer to that question.  But you’re not going to like it.  I know I don’t.  Are you ready? You have to do the things on your list. See? I told you you wouldn’t like it.  But it’s true.  One of the main reasons most of us don’t get our to-do list done is because we don’t do what’s on the list.  Instead we … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Make Special Tasks Stand Out in Your Planner

10 Ways to Make Special Tasks Stand Out in Your Planner 1

If you have a special task on your to-do list that needs to stand out, there are a bunch of different ways you can make it stand out.  Here are 10 of my favorites: Put an asterisk next to it. Write it in a different color. Write it larger than the other tasks. Indent the task. Highlight the task. I don’t usually do this one because I like to highlight tasks that are … [Read more...]