My New Post-it Note To Do List System

Looking for a new way to spice up your daily to do’s? Check out this Post-it To Do List system.

Post-it Note To Do List System - keep track of what you need to do this month, this week, and today with this simple to do list system.

Please note: This is NOT a sponsored post.

I’m not naturally one of those people who are able to track all their routines and responsibilities in their heads. I know those people exist. I’ve known folks who just know it’s time to make supper, run a load of laundry, feed the cat, etc. That’s not me.

I like lists. The actual act of writing the list helps me problem solve and organize all the swirling in my heads. After that the list serves as reminder of what needs to be done as well as a herald of accomplishment when I can cross that thing off the list.

Over time, I’ve developed systems that work well for me. Sometimes it’s paper; sometimes it’s in an app or online calendar. I find that every once in awhile I need to switch things up a bit to keep me alert and active. You can read about all the different ways I organize myself and my life as MOM in my book, aptly titled, Organizing Life as MOM.

You know how you can put a note on the fridge to remind yourself of some great truth and then after three weeks it’s part of the landscape that you ignore? That’s how my lists are for me. If I change their format every once in awhile, it keeps me on my toes. 

This summer I’ve been testing out a Post-it Note To Do List system. I think I read about it in this book, but I can’t remember. The idea is to write your daily to do’s on a Post-it note. If it can’t fit on that itty bitty square, it can’t fit in your day. Here’s a note I wrote to myself back in June.

Post-it Note To Do List System - keep track of what you need to do this month, this week, and today with this simple to do list system.

Clearly I need to write bigger or buy the smaller sticky notes. I didn’t get very far on that particular day, though I did get to Walmart and make the pickles. You can read about that adventure here.

I’ve been tweaking this to do list system over the last month or so, and came up with a method of keeping it all together that I really like. I designed a larger to do sheet where I can jot down goals for the month and then break those down into weekly to do’s. The week’s stuff can be transferred to a Post-it note for a day’s worth of tasks.

You can see what it looks like here:

Post-it Note To Do List System - keep track of what you need to do this month, this week, and today with this simple to do list system.

I’m still in the process of tweaking. You can help me if you like. Download this FREE printable and put it through it’s paces. Here are some things to keep in mind.

  1. Real Post-it notes work better than the knock-offs. No, this isn’t a sponsored post, but I’ve observed that my “store brand” sticky notes just don’t stick as well as the real McCoy. Consider this as you shop and maybe snatch up a bunch of new Post-its during the back to school sales that are going on now. Get the 3×3 size.
  2. The section for “this week” is exactly 3×5 inches. Unfortunately, I could not find Post-it notes that size, but I have tried cutting a larger one to fit. This is not as convenient, so I’ll be trying out 3×5 cards with a bit of double-sided tape on the back. Reader Laurie tipped me off that Post-it does, indeed make 3×5 sizes. I didn’t dig deep enough on their site, apparently. I found a 3×5 pad on Amazon for $1.
  3. Why do I want to adhere other bits of paper to this larger sheet? Well, I’m hoping that if I had 12 of this to do list printed out, I’d be able to track the things I need to do for a whole year. Each sheet of paper could serve as my tracking for the month. I could even plan out several months at a time with things I know I’ll need to do in that given month. (Wow, this is getting super serious and organized, isn’t it?!)

Let me know how this works for you and what kind of tweaks you would add.

How do YOU track your to-do’s?

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  1. I think I could really like this system. After you mentioned using a Post-It for a daily To Do list, I tried it one day this past week. I accomplished all but one thing on the list! I also found it interesting that the day I saw your Post-It picture there were several things I had done that day that were on your list! Right down to the banana bread! Ha! I am great at trying to cram too many tasks in one day, so putting a daily To-Do list on Post-It makes sense to me. Thank you for the download!

    • Oh my you live my life!! I like the idea of the daily being moveable to change daily while keeping the week and mm month ongoing. I may need some lines, for my brain, in the month and week section.
      This might also work with shopping lists… I get paid once a month so a couple weeks before I start my payday list. Then as I work my schedule for the day and plan to shop at Aldis or BJs I can grab that portion of the list. Hmmmm…

  2. Brandette Winblad says:

    I love this idea! I read your original post about starting a Post It to-do list. But, when I thought about trying that myself I thought it would be too messy having a Post It hanging around, not to mention with kittens and toddler it would wind up lost!

    But, this new system of sticking a week’s set of goals to a larger printed sheet that details what you might need to accomplish over the full month, I like this tremendously! I printed a sheet out for each month for the rest of this year. I am going to try putting this baby to the test. With us currently in the process of building our new home we have so much going on from multiple angles, this thing is really going to be tested at our house.

    My current system I have been using for quite awhile. I have a “sticky note” on the front page of my phone with tasks I want to accomplish. The top section is to do’s for now, the bottom section to do’s for the long term like our house progress, future tasks, things to remember.

  3. Thanks! I need a different change of pace b/c my old system isn’t working for me any longer. Can’t wait to try this out (and it’s a great excuse to buy more Post-Its!).

  4. I’ve bought these at Dollar General. Love them!
    http://www.quill.com/post-it-lined-notes/cbs/056417.html

  5. Ooooooooo……….I am HAPPY to test this out for you! Love that the monthly goals/todos will be recorded and saved!

  6. I *love* this! My sticky notes are all over the place — they need a home! — and my listmaking got so out of control that I’ve stopped altogether. And feel completely scattered as a result. I’ve already printed out my first sheet and plan on implementing it immediately. Thank you for sharing!

  7. I’m printing this out to give it a try. Right now, I just do a big brain dump very early Sunday morning and think thru everything happening during the week. Then, I assign days to those that are time-sensitive, then just get a few other things done each day.

  8. Jennifer Hoffman says:

    Any recommendations for the base of this planner?

  9. This looks like something that could work for me! I also need to change up the look of my list every so often, and this is very appealing right now.

    I did go looking and found several 3×5 options, including a couple that are unlined:
    http://www.post-it.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/PostItNA/Home/Products/~/Post-it-Products?N=4327+4294850662&rt=r3
    Maybe that will help.

    Thanks!

  10. Love this idea! I use an Erin Condren planner, and I love it, but I also love seeing other other people make lists and plan their lives! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  11. whitney says:

    The Dollar Store has a lined yellow knock-off post it that sticks! and fits perfectly into the “this week” column AND two fit into the “this month” FYI for those who have the Dollar Store in their neck of the woods….

  12. My “system” is a little unusual, I make a list on the bathroom mirror. My husband will occasionally add to it before he leaves for work at 3am if there is something he forgot to tell me. With a little one potty training I’m in there a lot so I see the list all day long, and I can focus on what I will do next while the toddler tries. (I hate potty training). This also with accountability, because my husband sees it.

  13. Hi – have you thought about laminating the sheet and using a dry erase marker instead? Just a thought. I love the idea that everything you need to accomplish should fit in a certain size space. That makes a lot of sense to my spacial learning brain.

    • I’m thinking of laminating but still using post-its. I’ve had problems with dry or wet erase markers rubbing off or getting wet. However, now that I look at my paper with all the stickies on it and my monthlong list, I kinda don’t want to make it erasable. I like seeing that I accomplished something.

  14. Love this!!!

    One thought though. Wouldn’t you need to print 52 copies of this, since the week spot isn’t a post-it? Just curious as I prep to implement this in our house ;)

  15. Christine says:

    This is a great idea! I just started mine today. Thank you!

  16. I may have to try this for at least a month. I’ve been converted to electronic planners finally, but there’s still a part of me that prefers paper and pencil! Thanks for the idea. :). I love your blog.

  17. Jessica – I found this post on pinterest and I’m BEYOND in love with this idea. I’ve been a lover of to-do lists and post-it notes for years and combining them to make such a simple and helpful to-do list is brilliant! I shared your idea and post on my blog today – hope that’s ok!
    http://www.thesunnysideupblog.com/2014/08/post-it-note-to-do-list.html

    Thanks for coming up with this! Such a great idea!

    • Thanks for a great post about the printable! I tried to leave a comment over there but blogger was being really finicky. Hero status?! I’ll take it. Thanks for your kind words. I’m so glad you like my new system. I do, too. PS. I found the 3×5 post-its on Amazon for a buck. I think one pad will last two years. :)

  18. I use Post-Its on my weekly calendar.
    Actual appointments get written into the calendar on the required date. Any other tasks that need done each get their own Post-It. I use the little ones that are about 1×1. I then put the Post-Its on the day I think I’m most likely to be able to get it done.

    Invariably, some of these tasks won’t get done when I want them to be done and will have to get rescheduled. That is now as easy as moving the note to the next best day! It’s been working so far but I’ve only been doing this a couple weeks.

  19. Thank You Again Jessica, This to do list has help me a lot in the past week, it helps me give a break to my brain, i let all the stuff the was wondering in
    my head, rest in the sticky notes instead of my brain, its a big relieve.

  20. I Love this idea!!! So it just hit me though, how it would be amazing to use this same system when planning your homeschool year!!! I think this could really change the way things flow in my house… Now I just need to DO it!! Thank you!!

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