Tie Your To-Do List in With Your Schedule for Greater Productivity

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I was reminded the other day that my to-do list must be tied in with my schedule in order for it to be effective.  Have you ever had one of those days when you were productive in spite of yourself?  That was my Monday. I had a reasonable to-do list and actually got quite a bit done but I felt scattered all day.  I was easily distracted and flitted from one thing to another.  My mind felt … [Read more...]

The Right Timing Can Make Your To-Do List Better

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To-do lists don’t make themselves so those of us who use them have to set aside time to sit down and write out our list.  I’ve always made mine in the evening while sitting on the couch watching tv. But a while back I noticed I was struggling to make my list.  I was sitting on the couch with the planner on my lap and doing nothing.  No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t make a … [Read more...]

Christmas Dinner: Timing is Everything

Lists for planning Christmas dinner

One thing beginning or inexperienced cooks struggle with is timing – figuring out how to get everything done at the same time. The truth is, it’s not an exact science and things don’t always go as planned, but practice makes nearly perfect.  Oh, and planning, planning, planning. If you’re just making one or two dishes, it’s not too hard to get everything done at the same time.  But if you’re … [Read more...]

10 Reasons You Should Include Routine Tasks on Your To Do List

Daily Routines

even if you don’t think you need to I’m one of those people that includes routine tasks on my to-do list.  I have to or I tend to pretend the tasks don’t exist.  Or I plan so much that there’s no time to get to them.  But as we all know, those routine tasks can only be ignored for so long before things get ugly. So if you’re one of those people who doesn’t include routine tasks on your … [Read more...]

Take Control of Your Time


 by Jessica G of Franklin Planner How many times have you started your day with a mental list of the things you wanted to accomplish, only to fall onto your pillow at night with precious few of those items actually done? It happens to me all the time, even thought I know how to avoid the problem. Hopefully you’ll make a stronger effort than I have and you’ll apply these tips regularly enough … [Read more...]

Use Your Planner, Especially When You Don’t Want To!

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Have you ever had one of those times when you were either discouraged or frustrated and you didn’t use your planner?  You left it closed on your desk or in your bag? And while your planner was sitting on the sidelines, your life was spiraling out of control? Those times when you don’t want to use your planner are probably the times you need it most.  Even if you don’t use it properly, having it … [Read more...]

Why It’s Better to Make Your To-Do List the Day Before

Day and Night

Do you make tomorrow’s to-do list before you go to bed or first thing in the morning?  I’ve always made my list the night before and I think that works better for these 8 reasons: 1.       If I make tomorrow’s list made before I go to bed, I sleep better.  I have a plan for the day and know exactly what I need to do as soon as I get up.  Plus I’m not trying to remember what I have to do … [Read more...]