Motivation Monday – Cute Lists Keep Me Organized

The Monday after a road trip – even and awesome road trip where I saw beautiful Fall foliage, a cute 1700s-era town, a cool digital media conference, and a particularly tasty glass of apple cider – can be rough because I feel like I am teleporting back to reality with no lead-up or planning. To-do lists obviously help with this a bit.

In my stocking a few years ago, my mother in law included an adorable notepad of list paper that I have now used more than half of. The little eyeglasses motif and the goofy phrase “Nerd is the word” have been on every to-do list I’ve written for two years. I need these lists the way other people need their morning coffee; they energize me because once I can actually see everything I have to do written out in front of me, I feel like I can actually do all of it.

I came home to a (mistaken) unpaid toll violation notice, a jury duty summons that conflicts with a big trip, and a check I need to cash, but by putting all three of them down on a list, along with some of the bigger start-of-week work tasks, I start to calm myself down.

I know that I don’t really need to have physical notes now that so many to-do list applications and softwares exist, and I do use Evernote to organize my day at work along with some of the drafts of documents I work on, but I really cannot substitute them fully for the paper to-do list.

Today’s intention: mark off items from my to-do list at double-time today so that I don’t feel overwhelmed for the rest of the week, which has more travel coming. Also an intention: accept that things are a little bonkers and that is just how it has to be these days!

12 Comments, RSS

  1. John Kraft October 9, 2017 @ 6:43 am

    Without lists I’d never get anything done.

  2. onegoodlifefamily October 9, 2017 @ 8:34 am

    Sometimes it does seem like organization apps just require more work. Nothing wrong with a piece of paper!

  3. pierrmorgan October 9, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

    Ahhh…Lists! Pure joy.

  4. My Way Home Life October 9, 2017 @ 3:44 pm

    Ah, I love lists. Am a bit of a list addict, actually. Getting all those tasks or items down on paper makes them seem much more doable.

  5. missiskarlsson October 9, 2017 @ 7:12 pm

    I do the same 🙂

  6. Kathryn Gossow October 9, 2017 @ 8:37 pm

    Sometimes I do something and realise it was not on the list! So I write it on the list so I have the satisfaction of crossing it off the list.

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  8. Robin | AllTheDaysWithBabyK October 10, 2017 @ 6:33 pm

    That note pad is super cute! And, yes — I don’t know where I’d be if I didn’t keep a list of things to do!

  9. blissfullycreating October 10, 2017 @ 6:47 pm

    i am much better at completely my tasks is they are written down with pen and paper as oppose to on an app!

  10. teacherturnedmommyblog October 10, 2017 @ 8:01 pm

    I like lists for groceries and to dos makes life easier to remember when I write it down

  11. yin October 11, 2017 @ 12:11 am

    I still need the paper to-do list too depite all the apps available.

  12. Annie October 11, 2017 @ 2:25 am

    Paper lists are the best! I use them at work and at home. There’s nothing more satisfying than crossing something off the list once it’s done and looking back at what’s left.

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