I received a parcel in the post the other day that couldn’t have been more me – a bunch of Knock Knock desk stationery items for keeping track of my to do’s – from ‘right now’ jobs to ‘just now’ jobs. My favourites are the paper mousepads – love those!! This delicious delivery from the folks at Exclusive Books (where a gigantic range of Knock Knock items are stocked) got me thinking about To Do systems.
My own system is completely and utterly ridiculously laborious. I generally write my To Do’s on a fresh page of my typist’s notebook – i write up my Good Housekeeping To Do’s in the top left of the page, I Want That and I Want That Wedding To Do’s further towards the bottom and then personal To Do’s for the day in the top right corner. I use highlighters a lot and i am a bit OCD about writing things neatly. I also like to tick off what i’ve done in a different colour pen and yes, i’ve been known to rewrite a list if i didn’t start it off neatly enough (erm..can you say time waster?!) Oh, and the more stressed i am the neater the list…can you say…issues?!
If i’m feeling very pushed for time on a particular day, i’ll number the To Do’s (in a different colour pen of course) in order of importance. When it comes to pens i like to use colourful fineliners OR a BIC click pen for the main writing part and a fineliner for the ticking off part. Occasionally i revert back to my Lamy fountain pen, but that’s mainly reserved for writing down notes in interviews.
I also have a notebook for household To Do’s and grocery lists as well as an A5 Typo notebook which has my blog posts plan for the week written up in it (see in the top pic). And then…i also use Evernote if i’m keeping track of things off the top of my head. Shew…this explanation has made me feel cross eyed. My To Do lists are definitely a security blanket – a psychologist would have a field day!
Getting to the third part of this post is other people’s To Do lists. because my own system is rather erm…over the top, i am totally fascinated with other people’s ‘systems’.
This is fellow stationery addict and blogger Nadia van der Mescht’s system:
I love digital and being online, but for list making I still prefer pen and
paper. I also use my phone and iPad when I am out an about. I use Excel for
bigger things like planning my workshops, especially when it comes to
keeping track of costs.
I like to add colour by highlighting things here and there and adding a few
extra notes on post-its. I keep it neat, but I do have other paper on my
desk for scribbles, sketches or brainwaves to get back to later. I keep a
small diary – which you will see in the pics, this is to keep track of
dates, meetings and appointments. I am currently using a Typo notebook for
the note making, which is daily. In the front of the notebook there are some
lovely pockets which I use for an extra calendar and pretty things to keep
or cards/letters I still need to reply to. I run bigger lists for blog post
ideas and general goals, they are in the same notebook currently, but in a
And this is Donna from Lovely Things’ system
This is what my desktop looks like on any given day! It’s the only way I can keep track because the computer screen is the one thing I look at most. I tend to forget stuff in note books etc. & the fact that I can personalise it with colours, fonts etc., really helps with my OCD tendancies!
And this is the To Do notebook (Typo) from Nicola of Ask Ashe
Oh do I have special pens – of course! 😉
I use highlighters from Muji – they are the bomb
and I have a very anal colour coded system using
yellow, pink and green.
I also buy anything I see with miffy on it – still
a complete kid at heart 😉
I did splurge at Typo when I was in jhb recently
and bought a desk organiser pad and a neon ruler,
crisis that store is the bomb!
(yes Houston, we have a problem)
Shew, a long post today lovelies, would love to know, what works for you when it comes to your To Do’s?