Get Organized: Show Me Your To Do List!

To Do List

Yesterday, I was lamenting about being a bit overwhelmed. Between getting ready for festival season and my freelance writing obligations, it sometimes feels like I’m barely treading water. Throw too much caffeine into the mix and you’ve got one scattered gal with no idea where to start!

It sounds like a lot of crafty folks have this problem, so I thought I’d talk a little bit about how I stay organized(ish) and share a picture of a typical to do list. I’d love to see your to do lists, too, if you’re up for sharing!

Whenever there’s a mountain of work to face, I rely on my two trusty organizational tools:

Oh my goodness, people! There are some things that I would totally forget to do if iCal didn’t remind me. I set all kinds of reminders on there from shops I need to follow up with to dinner plans with friends. Most of my crafty life is on my computer’s calendar, but for writing obligations nothing works as well for me as a to do list.

I know, it’s fun to look for fancy store bought organizers or pretty stationery to write down your obligations, but it doesn’t have to be that complicated. Pull a piece of scrap paper or an envelope out of the recycle bin, and you’re good to go! Here’s a photo of one of my high tech to do lists from last week:

To Do List

As you can tell, my favorite part of writing lists is crossing things off of them!

Want to share your to do list? Just put a link to the photo in the comments! I’d also love to hear how you guys stay organized when it feels like you’re drowning in work.

If you’re looking for more in-depth time management tips, my pal Bettie is writing an awesome two part series on Handmade in Portland about crafty time management!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by alinassiri

6 comments on “Get Organized: Show Me Your To Do List!
  1. I am old school with the messy spiral notebooks.

    I try to only make single column lists for each week, so that I can tear the pages out more often (and keep them, so that I have a record of what I actually do all day), but sometimes the to-dos come quicker than I can cross them off and the double column forms. (Also note the yellow pre-to-do list, that theoretically trumps the original!)

  2. I’m all about the Google task list and calendar. The task list is awesome because I can have several lists going with different themes. It even helped last holiday season because I kept track of all my family members and what I wanted to buy for them or had already bought.

  3. Good idea! I don’t have a photo handy, but my life is organized on Easiest way for me to clip web articles & favorite blog post ideas, keep track of my to-do list, shopping lists, party planning, quick pix while I’m out shopping of ideas to remember later, you name it. The iPhone app for Evernote for on the go + web version while I’m at my desk at work = all my ideas sync to one spot!

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