Traditional to-do lists have always been a problem for me. The lists are designed to include only “out-of-the-ordinary” tasks, like scheduling a vet appointment or picking up a prescription. Ordinary tasks like making dinner, doing laundry, straightening the house, etc. really don’t have a place on a traditional to-do list. Unfortunately, because I’m time challenged (ADHD), I need those things on my list. I need a complete picture of my day – not just a list of the extra things I might forget. In all honesty, if it’s not written down, I can forget just about anything even if it’s something I do every single day.
I’ve tried using to-do lists so they include everything but I’ve only had limited success with that technique. But over the years, I’ve developed two strategies that actually worked fairly well. You can read about the first one here. The second one is what we’re going to talk about today.
Rather than fighting the system and trying to include everything on my planner’s traditional to-do list, I created a separate page that I kept between my Franklin Covey 2 pages per day. The page had a chart with my routine daily tasks and another section for tasks that needed done sometime during the week. The page moved from day to day so it was always in plain view. Here’s a sample:
You can make this page stand out more by printing it on colored paper, like this:
You can also trim off a little of the right edge to make it easier to grab so you can write on the page below.
Or you can trim off the corners to make it even easier to grab and turn:
If you use Filofax weekly pages, you can use the same strategies. But an added trick is to punch both the left and right side of the page so you can have the page visible when you’re on the Monday – Wednesday section of the weekly view and again when you’re on the Thursday – Sunday section of the weekly view. In case that didn’t make sense, here’s what I mean:
And those are the two ways I’ve managed to get around the traditional to-do list so it worked for me. If you’re interested in downloading the page, here you go:
Does your to-do list include everything or just the special tasks? If it includes everything, how do you make it work?