Lists, lists and more lists

Keeping lists for everything frees your mind allowing you to be more productive and have less stress.

Whether you prefer sticky notes, pads of paper, notebooks or electronic devices I encourage you to make lists for everything. The more you can free your mind the better. I keep a small notebook beside my bed so I can write things down before I go to bed. That way I don't have to worry about remembering them.

Here are my ongoing lists, how I record them and where I keep them:

  • Master To Do - This is where I pull my Daily To Do list from. I have it in a word document for easy updating and I keep a print out in a folder with any corresponding paper work. This list is never ending but always revolving.
  • Daily To Do - I use a sheet of scrap paper and pen. Once I complete an item I remove it from this and my Master To Do list. I will transfer any undone items to the next day and add more from the Master To Do.
  • Cleaning and Home Maintenance - This is in a spreadsheet with chores broken up by day of the week. Quarterly and semi annual items are noted as well. I have this hanging on the wall in my office.
  • Home Repair - Here I keep all the improvements we eventually want to make in a word document. This hangs on my husband's office wall. I guess you could call it his Honey Do list.
  • Vacation Packing List - I keep this in a word document so I can print a new copy for each trip. It has everything for every kind of trip. I start by crossing anything off that doesn't apply to the current trip and then check each item as I pack.
  • Books to Read, Movies to Watch & Songs to Buy - I keep this in the notes app on my iPhone. This way it is with me when I am shopping.
  • Shows to Watch - I consider my DVR a list. :)
  • Misc Ideas & Projects - Pinterest.com My favorite new site!
  • Bills to Pay/Budget - Excel spreadsheet and Online Banking
  • Account Information - I keep a printed copy in our safe deposit box. It has all our bank info, insurance info, credit card accounts, investments and the name and address of our attorney.
  • Shopping - Items are logged as needed on white board on fridge. Before going to the store I note the items on my Cozi.com iPhone app.
  • Goals: Lifetime, 10 year, 5 year, 1 year, monthly and weekly - I use a program from Raymond Aaron with pre-printed forms but a word document or journal would work well too.
  • Birthdays and Special occasions - I have them set up to reoccur in my electronic calendar at Cozi.com.
  • Things I Am Grateful For - Daily gratitude journal. This daily exercise is uplifting and a great stress reducer.


The great thing about lists is even if you don't refer to them daily somehow the items get done. I think the act of writing it down sets the plan in motion. Probably has something to do with the Law of Attraction and setting intentions. If you have a list that you don't see here I would love to hear about it. I can never have enough lists!

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Susan Clare February 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Oh yes, I keep my lists, very thoroughly too. They have often pulled me out of the fire. However, it is possible to keep lists with pen and paper, as I do. Either way that works for people is great. Your advice about lists is good advice. Thank you.
Shannon Macdonald February 22, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I am most certainly a list girl! I am always most productive when I'm keeping up with my lists!
JoAnn Krall February 28, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Thank you Susan! All my lists start out with pen and paper. Something about writing things down really impresses it upon my brain.


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