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?