With all of the “to dos” in my life – work, other work, personal, kids – I’m always looking for a better way to keep track of all the things that need to get done.
Over the years I have tried various solutions – creating lists in Word or Excel; storing lists in Google docs so I can access them from anywhere, using programs like Wunderlist – but in the end I return time and time again to the old reliable.
Pen and paper.
Specifically, I use a Moleskin Volant Large Ruled Notebook, within which I list not just all of the things I need to get done for clients, but also personal items and anything else that may be on my mind. At least once a week, or when the pages get too messy with items crossed off, added and assorted other notes (phone numbers, meeting notes), I flip the page and start fresh.
There is something very cathartic about the process. It makes me feel in control, and gives me a sense of satisfaction to see all I accomplished the week before.
My husband, also a list maker, is happy to make a list on any stray piece of paper – American Express bill, our son’s homework, a napkin – he is able to find around our house. It’s a system that could work, except more often than not he ends up losing the paper and forgetting everything that was on the list.
Our list making tendencies have moved to the next generation, with my daughter making lists of what she has planned for a lazy Saturday, a visit to Nana, or the most recent hurricane/super storm.
Are you a list maker? What system works best for you?