My coworkers always compliment me on being organized, and I always laugh in response. I am not organized. My brain is as close to ADHD as possible without being diagnosable (not that I’ve ever been tested). I can barely keep track of my glasses and I’ve lost my wallet upwards of 10 times-I’m on a first name basis with my credit card agencies. So yeah, I’m not organized. Not by a long shot.
I have a secret weapon that I use on a daily basis. It camouflouges my hair-brain and makes me come across as poised and put-together. It’s my Daily To-Do Page. This isn’t a random form that I’ve invented to convince people to read my blog. It’s tried and true. I went through many, many daily to-do lists before I finally decided to create my own- and the Daily To-Do Page was born. And I’m willing to share.
Of course, I have the classic day schedule. I just put the hours down, so that if I have a meeting at 1:15, I can just put “15” in front of the 1. It goes from 5 am to 8 pm because if I have anything scheduled before 5 am it’s time to reconsider what I’m doing with my life.
I added some features to my page that I couldn’t find on other to-do lists. I have two columns of to-do list check boxes. Sometimes, I separate the two into “Work To-Do” and “Home To-Do”. Sometimes I use the second column as a grocery shopping list. Either way, I like having the ability to differentiate between tasks. I added a large square for me to write, draw, or scribble whatever I want in. The large square also allows me incorporate Post-Its, and I. Love. Post-its.
I should explain the last two boxes at the bottom. First of all, to the left, is my Verse-of-the-Day box. I use the Bible app to write in the verse of the day every morning, which helps me keep my brain and heart in the right place. Sometimes I write quotes, or thoughts, but I mostly stick to the verses.
The box on the bottom right is inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book, A Thousand Gifts (check out her blog here.) She talks about the power of gratitude- not only spiritually, but emotionally. There are many studies showing that writing down things you’re thankful for throughout the day can actually make you a happier person. Imagine that! It’s hard for me to keep an ongoing gratitude list, though, so I’ve just incorporated it into my Daily To-Do Page. It reminds me to look for things to be thankful for (rather than just complain about.)
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Edit: I’ve created a matching weekly page- check it out here!