Making a List and Checking it Twice
The Holi-daze are in full swing, and this time of year more than ever, working off of a list is a must. We have card lists, gift lists, invitation lists, and to-do lists that seem never ending. So how do we manage all of these lists and what’s the best solution?
Try as I may to keep lists on the computer or phone, there’s something about that paper list! A mini spiral memo book works great as a continuous to-do list. You can also keep track of past items here by simply checking them off the list. Avoid using sticky notes; they fall off and are a constant source of clutter.
I do recommend keeping shopping/gift lists on your cell phone. I use an iPhone and notes or the free application called To-Do’s to keep a detailed list of what I plan to give each person on the list. When the item has been purchased, I put an x next to it to remind myself not to buy it again.
My best list-making time is early in the morning, late at night, or in the middle of the night (this is when I prefer to use my phone as a flashlight rather than a list-maker). When the day begins, I take the list and prioritize, sometimes rewriting it onto the computer or phone, but more often than not, I have that paper to-do list in my pocket.
As you can see, I remember nothing without my lists! It doesn’t matter what type you keep, just that you do keep track of what needs to get done, what your going to give, who your going to invite, etc… The more you rely on your lists, the less you’ll have to remember on your own!