The Lemonade Stand :: Keeping track

Monday, October 6, 2014


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We all have our to-do lists, don’t we? The daily tasks we write to make sure we stay on top of business. I have kept a running to-do list since college. It makes me feel in control of my life to mark each little line off, one by one. (Truth be told, I have been known to write things down that I already did, just to make myself feel better.) This little ritual of mine, the list keeping, is something that tethers me to the present, keeps me focused on the future. It is therapeutic. My current to do list is a bit in flux and I’ll admit it has my game a little off. In the past, I always kept everything written in a day planner. It was my calendar/to do list all in one. Lately, though, I don’t always feel like carrying tons of stuff in my bag. Besides, with two kids, a day planner just doesn’t cut it. I have a family calendar that houses all of the appointments/schedules/activities. So the to-do list ended up in a notebook in my purse. Long story short: I need a new system. I have a document on my computer that holds my to-do list now and I erase/add as needed. (My computer is used daily so it seemed smartest to keep it there.) I just wish there were a way to marry the two. The calendar/to do list with the ease of a word doc. Sigh. As technology advances, it seems my ability to keep up recedes. Am I the only one in this boat? What do the rest of you out there do to keep track of your lives? Are you as obsessed with finding the perfect system? Please. Tell me your secrets.



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    Nikki says:

    I used to be a fantastic list maker, I loved notebooks but even scratch paper worked, and I loved, loved, loved crossing things off: errands, groceries, important dates, books to read, movies, playlist songs, presents to keep my eyes open for, chores, projects, dreams. I also never wanted a cell phone. Now I have a super fantastic phone that I can even dictate my lists to, and an extremely easy to program calendar. The phone notifies me of deadlines and sends me reminders. And I love, love, love deleting things as I fulfill or acquire them. The best part, the calendar and lists are always with me, or at least nearby to check or update.

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    Elizabeth says:

    I have a great food organizer from Knock Knock that’s called “What’s to Eat.”  When all else fails in my organizational life, I have this and I use it.  What I’ve discovered is that  I will scribble non-food related notes on it if I need to – and that helps me immensely.  Conclusion: I guess what I do is instead of trying to list out everything, I pick the most important (and hardest) thing for me to keep track of (food!)- and focus on organizing that instead of trying to tackle EVERYTHING.  And then, some sweet benefits follow.  I know it’s a place I’ll look every day, so I can double-team it and write little notes like “Don’t forget your dentist appointment!”  (even though there’s no calendar.)  

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    Susie says:

    I’m old-school and keep a notebook where I write down all my to-dos as they pop in my head. I found one collective place to put every random to-do works great – then, per item, I can transfer to a daily planner, and cross it off from the notebook. That way I avoid the random post-its all over for those aha moments of jotting things down, and if need be I have a collective history behind those crossed out lines. (I don’t trust my memory anymore!) Plus, this keeps me from from feeling overwhelmed – I move it from my mind to the notebook. Done. I know it’ll then get taken care of and I don’t have to keep thinking about it!

    My planner is organized vertically by day, one week per page, so the lists for the day / week are very visual. I transfer items from my notebook one week at a time. This allows me just to focus on THAT day/week and trust the rest will be coming. I’m a teacher, homeschooler, sales associate, mom, wife, and artist; I’ve been using this system for over a year and it’s been marvelous. Also, my collective notebook is super fancy (gold metallic with an elastic closure, fun!) and a rectangle shape so it’s a) pretty to look at and b)easy to find if ever misplaced. 

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    Ellen L. says:

    Lists! Calendar reminders! Indographics lists! Written calendars! I am a constant mess of information.

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    Joy says:

    I find that using post-it notes in my calendar is the best way to keep my to-do list. Long-term items go in an extra jumbo sized post it that is posted on the inside cover of the calendar (folded in half to fit), and some daily items get added in the week view section on smaller notes so I have everything in one place and when I’m looking for what the next item on the agenda is, I see my to-dos at the same time still and am able to take any in-between times to check off some items from the list. Hope this helps!

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