It seems like I’ve had a smart phone FORRREEVVVVERRR, FOREEEEVVER… sorry, I love that movie. Ahem. It seems like I’ve had a smart phone for a long time. But it was just over 4 years ago when I started keeping my calendar and to-do lists on my smart phone and stopped keeping them on paper. All of a sudden, I could get by with just my little electronic gadget to make appointments and create lists. I was being modern and efficient! Life was so good.
And then, a few months ago, I realized that having a giant, recurring to-do list on my iPhone was STRESSING ME OUT. I never felt like I could sit down because I had push notifications or little white numbers encased in red angry circles telling me that I should be crossing something off my ever growing to-do list.
Because I’m a list maker, and must always have lists, my new plan was to go back to pen and paper. Fortunately I had a neat little abandoned notebook that, with a little tweaking, could serve several purposes in making my life less stressful.
The binder is the perfect size to fit in my purse. The pencil pouch fits perfectly over the binder and ensures that I have pens and other supplies when I do take my binder with me.
The lined paper has just enough room for my to-do list and prevents me from making it un-doable. I did a little research on making a good to do list, some good articles are:
- Lifehacker | How to Make Your To-Do List Doable
- Forbes | 5 Best To-Do List Tips
- PsychCentral | How to Write an Effective To-Do List
The divider tabs help me separate my to-do list, my home projects list, client lists, receipts, and there’s even an open spot in case I come up with something else in the future. I’m not being intentionally vague, I just don’t have current plans for that tab and it’s always nice to have room to grow!
The binder pockets help me keep track of client receipts, I label them with a post-it note because these are very temporary holders. For my own receipts that need to be tracked in our budget, I use the Post-it Pocket (below).
Once I made the change, after the initial panic that I would forget to dust something, I felt like a giant weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I’ve been successfully, and less stressfully, writing out my to-do lists the last few months and there’s no turning back, I love it. It also has the added bonus of keeping my receipts neat and tidy!