I am, and always have been, a list-maker. My lists are not very organized or managed but they really help me be more efficient and less stressed.
I used to have a notebook for lists, with different categories on different pages – movies to watch, treats, long term to dos, books to read, beauty products to buy, places I wanted to see. This involved a lot of rewriting when I finished a notebook which was good in a way because it gives you a chance to reassess your wants and needs. I found it a bit of a faff though and I tended to lose interest halfway through the year with all the rewriting.
So for the past few years I have typed up all my lists, printed it as an A5 booklet and either stapled the centre, or cut the A4 page in half, punched it and put it in my Filofax. I can use different fonts, pretty paper and reprint it as the list changes. I tend to like writing by hand but this has really worked for me as it is quicker and far more flexible.
More short term lists I have hand-written on a daily or weekly basis in my personal sized Filofax.
- These go in my Week on Two Page inserts. I fill in any date-specific list items in advance, and others go in as they pop up. Every evening I check and update my list for the following day.
- I do find these do not have enough lines but it really helps me decide what absolutely needs to be done that day and what can go into the non-urgent lists at the back of my binder.
- Every Sunday I fill in any to dos for the coming week. If I find that one day has too many to dos I tend to spread them around or move non-urgent ones to a general list.
- I add dates that bills have to be paid, dates my invoices have to be in and dates all paperwork needs to be done.
- Birthdays, pay days public holidays, when I will be taking leave.
- Things that come up during lessons, meetings or just before I go to sleep are jotted on lined notepaper. I just scribble quickly before I forget things.
- Shopping lists go either go in the calendar or on a lined page
- Hours of translation are written in a list at the back of my notes section.
- Anything I would like to buy or try goes on a list at the back of my Filofax – this helps quench the wanties and also give me something to look forward to. If I have a bad day or want to reward myself for doing something difficult I look at this list and choose something from it.
- I use any pen I can find.
I don’t worry about how neat my writing is or use Bullet Journalling because, for me, just the note is important and I can sort them out afterwards. Any system with special pages for certain notes, a special notebook, pen, or bullet journalling icons is too time consuming for me and I tend to avoid writing things if it is a faff.
My scheduling system is complicated. I have to record every single booking I make in eight different systems (my Filofax, our electronic booking system, our paper room booking system, client’s calendar, client’s room booking system, with client’s staff and then also in our invoicing system). If I have two changes a day that is 16 changes I have to make in different systems. So my lists need to be simple and help me remember.
Would be interested to find out how my readers use lists!