For as long as I can remember, I have been a to-do list girl..and unless something drastic happens, I always will be one! To-do lists help me organize my thoughts, determine my priorities and make sure I don’t forget the important stuff day to day!
With that said, I thought it would be interesting to share how I manage my to-do lists as I often get questions from people about trying to manage their healthy lifestyle, work, and the rest of their life.
So how do I do it?
A Planner. Lists. Scheduling. Organization. Prioritize.
This past year I brought back the paper planner and honestly, this has been one of the best decisions. I went with a Plum Paper planner which allowed me to pick from a few different layout options, therefore picking one that I thought would be best for me. This meant a monthly calendar, monthly goals, then open weekly schedules.
Here’s a little sneak peak…
In this ‘notes’ section, I include a quote to power me through my week, to use as a mantra or focus or reminder. Whatever I need, there it is.
The lines under are for my weekly to-do list. Somethings will move from week to week but instead of flipping through pages and pages and allowing certain items to get lost in the shuffle, I get to see everything in one place. If I don’t complete that task, it moves to the next week and eventually I’ll get sick of writing it over and over again and just get it done! 😉
Breaking down my week by day, is also really helpful. I can see all of my appointments in one place, by day, add additional details like phone numbers or addresses, include scheduled fitness classes, etc.
So do I still use an electronic calendar? The answer is yes.
Because I like having the backup and access to my schedule anytime, whether I’m carrying around my large paper planner or not. I have never been successful with having my to-do list in electronic form, so it’s nice to see my schedule right next to my to-do list and mentally start to figure out when I’ll be able to complete those tasks given my free time.
We’re all different so what works for me, may not work for you, but I always find it interesting to see how everyone keeps themselves scheduled as we can learn from one another to improve and find our best process.
If you’re unsure about what kind of planner you want or would be best for you, check out stores like Target or visit Amazon. There are so many out there, with a little research you’re sure to find the best version for you!
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Are you a paper planner fan?
How do you manage your to-do list and schedule?