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My New Post-it Note To Do List System

Posted By Jessica Fisher On July 19, 2014 @ 6:00 pm In Home Management,Homekeeping,Time Management | 32 Comments

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.

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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 [4].

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 [5], 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 [6].

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 [7] and put it through it’s paces. Here are some things to keep in mind.

  1. Real Post-it notes [8] 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. [9]
  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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