10 Types of To-Do Lists

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...]

How to Make a To-Do List Using Categories

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!

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

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...]

How to Plan Ahead Without Writing on Daily Pages

I don’t like writing tasks on my daily pages until I’m ready to plan my day.  I’m okay with appointments or information or reminders (like someone’s surgery or birthday) but I don’t want any tasks on the page until I’m ready to plan. The traditional method of planning where you write down tasks as they come up and then plan your day with the ABC 123 method of prioritizing doesn’t work for me.  … [Read more...]

5 Reasons a Really Long To-Do List Can be a Good Thing

It goes against traditional wisdom to have a really long to do list, but it actually works well for some people, including me. I was using Wunderlist on my iPhone for a few days and one day I actually got everything done on my list. I'll confess, it freaked me out a little. When I realized there were no more tasks for the day, I didn't quite know what to do with myself. Of course, there were … [Read more...]

5 Benefits of Making a Daily Plan

A daily plan is NOT a to-do list.  A to-do list is NOT a daily plan.  So what’s the difference? A to-do list is a list of tasks you would like to accomplish.  They may or may not be organized.  They may or may not be prioritized.  It’s just a list. A daily plan is a plan for the day.  It might resemble a to-do list but it’s actually a plan for how you’re going to accomplish those to-do’s.  … [Read more...]