• Cheryl T

Organizing Your Life List By List






Organizing Your Life list by list






I have a confession to make. I am an enthusiastic almost fanatical list maker. There that is my big confession. I have to-do lists for almost everything. I am old school which means I pick up a pen and write out my to-do lists. Many people make digital lists. It's a personal choice.


I am a bit obsessive when it comes to notebooks and pens. My obsession is probably the reason I am such an avid list maker. I have to do something with all those notebooks and pens I am always bringing home.

List-making helps organize all those little things you have to remember. Life can sometimes be complicated and overwhelming despite all the modern technology. It sounds strange, but it's true. I find that writing down what's on my mind and making to-do lists give me a sense of 'I've got this.'

Making lists is a great way to organize every aspect of your life. Organize your mornings, your evenings, your goals, whatever needs organizing.

Find a notebook that appeals to you. Or maybe I should say notebooks that appeal to you. I use many notebooks. Oh, and don't forget the colored pens.

You can use one large notebook for all your list needs with some dividers or use smaller notebooks and have one notebook for each of your lists. Smaller notebooks that are easy to toss into your purse would be helpful when you're out and need to check your shopping list or your daily to-do list.




Make a list of all the things that you consider your top priorities. It might be some upcoming events or vacations or a party that you need to plan. Projects around the house or household chores. Whatever is on your mind. Write it all down.

Benefits to list-making-

You will be much more productive.

You will be more organized.

Using lists can help motivate you.

You can easily change and adjust as needed.

You will be more focused on those things you need to accomplish.

Some people find list-making fun. Fun is good!

Types of lists-

Daily to-do list-This is your list of things that you need to get accomplished throughout your day. It may change from one day to the next. Using a daily to-do list is an excellent way to refresh your memory and make sure you don't forget something important that you needed to get done.

Weekly to do-Your weekly to-do list may include things like changing the bedding, decluttering a closet or the junk drawer, or maybe taking out the trash.

Monthly to do- Your monthly list may include items like scheduling your bill payments, adding all upcoming birthdays and anniversaries to your planner, and checking last month's to-do list for those things that you didn't get to.

Menu plan-You can make a weekly or monthly plan. It's all up to you and what works best for you.

Grocery list-Once you have your menu completed, it's on to the grocery list. And don't forget when you think of something, you are out of jot it down in the grocery list.

Christmas shopping list-If you are someone who likes to plan ahead, keep a list of gift ideas when they pop into your head and make your holiday season so much easier. Use the list also to keep track of gifts as you purchase them.

Birthday and anniversary-Never forget a birthday or anniversary again. If you want to be even more efficient, purchase the necessary cards and gifts ahead of time.

Budget/spending-Sometimes we don't realize how much money we spend. Even worse, we may not realize the wasteful ways we spend our hard-earned money. Keeping a small notebook to track your spending can be very informative. And you will see precisely where your wasteful expenditures are.

Cleaning lists-You may want to divide your cleaning lists into daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly.

Decluttering list-Keep a list of closets, drawers, cupboards, etc., that need to be decluttered and organized. You can always add them to your weekly or monthly to-do lists.

Home projects-color ideas for that bedroom you are planning on painting. Maybe new rugs for the kitchen. Measurements for the blinds you are shopping for.

Flower baskets for your porch. Whatever it is, carry that list with you.

Exercise-Set and track your fitness goals.

Vacation planning and packing list-scheduling your flights, rooms, etc. Make a list of the things you will need to pack.

Books you want to read. I am an avid reader, and I have learned to keep track of what I am reading and what's next on the list. So many of the books I read are part of a series, and you need to know where you are in the series. And my book list comes in handy when I spot an author that I want to remember to check out at some point.






Things you would like to do-Guess this could be called a bucket list of sorts. Places you want to visit, restaurants you want to try. Things you've always wanted to try. You, know maybe something like ziplining?


I am sure you will develop other ideas for lists that you may need for your schedule. But the lists I have provided will give you an idea of how you can organize your life using lists.


“Subtracting from your list of priorities is as important as adding to it.”

― Frank Sonnenberg


To-Do List Supplies-

Small notebooks To-Do Planner

Large notebooks

InkJoy Colored Pens