A big to-do (list)

I’m addicted to making lists. Grocery lists, resolutions, calls to make, you name it, I love them. Each evening I craft — because it is a craft! — a list that includes the next day’s work tasks and household to-dos, plus the time I’m going to the gym, any evening activities and volunteer work on tap and any important calls to make or return.

It’s not a linear list like a grocery list. Instead, it has different blocks for all these facets of my rich, varied and sometimes insanely frenetic life. I know I’m not the only one to customize lists, but I was surprised and delighted to find a fabulous to-do list called the Daily Docket on a website called Simple Mom (“Live simply, stay sane. Life hacks for home managers.”)

Editor/blogger Tsh (yes, it’s Tsh) Oxenreider and her team offer a batch of very useful lists you can download for free. There’s a master weekly checklist, a preschooler chore chart and even a Christmas budgeting chart.

What I love about the Daily Docket is its categories. It has a section for “today’s general plan” that you can fill in with appointments (dentist at 10:30; T-ball practice at 3) or more free-form activities (brainstorm ideas for Thurday’s meeting). It has a to-do list and section to mark off the eight glasses of water we’re supposed to drink daily to keep us healthy. But my favorite features are “today’s MIT” — that’s Most Important Things to accomplish — and a blank box that reads “What’s for dinner.” Honestly, I try not to think about that, and sometimes it really shows.

Download the template and try it for a few days. Does it work better than what you’re using? And what kind of a to-do list do you use? Do you follow it slavishly or let it loose on its own?


About organizesf

Professional organizer June Bell (www.organizesf.com) combats clutter and chaos with sage advice, tested techniques and good humor.
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