I am an avid ‘to-do lister’. In fact, I often wonder whether I could successfully get through the day without writing down everything I need to do. I know some people would hate this idea because we’re supposed to be ‘spontaneous’ and ‘live in the moment’ – which is all very well and good but on a working day, without my lists, I wouldn’t know which way was up. I know for a fact that there are fellow ‘to-do listers’ out there in the big wide world of the internet so I composed a list of things that I’m sure you’ll all understand.
1. Writing something on your list that you’ve already done just so you can immediately cross something off
2. Adding the simplest tasks such as, ‘brush teeth‘ so again, you’re guaranteed to cross at least 1 thing off that day
3. Writing your to-do list in your best handwriting and decorating around the edges and considering it progress
4. Doing all the easy tasks on your to-do list first so you feel totes productive
5. Then procrastinating like crap when it comes to doing all the long-assed jobs at the end
6. Knowing that if you don’t write a to-do list you will 100% end up watching Netflix all day
7. Adding something fun on your to-do list so you know there’s at least 1 thing to stop you dying of boredom
8. Writing to-do lists within to-do lists and going all ‘Inception‘ on your own ass
9. Writing your to-do list for the following day then crying into your wine when you see the length of it
10. The phrases, “I don’t know what I’m doing” and “I’ll play it by ear” just don’t make sense to you. You always know what you’re doing… It’s written down…
11. Including “make a to-do list for tomorrow” on today’s to-do list is crucial for… Well… Your mental wellbeing
12. And if by some miracle of miracles you forget about a to-do list, you freak the fuck out
13. Lists make your world go round. Where I want to travel? List. Potential baby names? List. Books I want to read? List.
14. No matter how many supposedly “productive” apps you download for making lists, nothing will beat the satisfaction of crossing things through with an actual pen
15. Having a suspiciously short to-do list and panicking about everything you’ve probably forgot to add to it
16. Going on holiday? No problem, I wrote down everything we need to take like, before it was even booked
17. Notebooks. Notebooks everywhere!
18. It’s not all about spontaneity. Being organised can be fun. All hail Monica Geller.
19. Finishing a to-do list early in the day and wondering whether everything you did, you did wrong
20. Celebrating finishing a particularly long and boring to-do list by writing another list
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Oh my gosh! Yes!! I’m dying laughing because I’m pretty sure all of those are me whenever it comes to list making!
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I feel you haha this is me too 😂
Haha I totally agree! When I’m in a rush, I’ll note my lists down on my phone but nothing beats a pen and paper!
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I don’t make a to-do list for every day, but I do make to-do lists for periods of time, and I also have separate lists for movies and series I still need to watch. My books to read are an online list, but I definitely do prefer that satisfaction of writing things down and crossing it off by hand. I am also very guilty of adding things I’ve already done just to be able to cross it off, and of doing the easy things first so I look like I’ve been doing stuff. I don’t NEED the lists, but… they make life more fun. 😉
I used to do separate lists for movies and stuff too! I like having my TBR list on my blog as well because I like seeing them gradually get crossed off – very satisfying! (: xx
I knew from #1 that I’d have a sore neck at nodding along with this!
Are you in my head?! xo
Hahaha I knew you’d be like me (; xx
Haha, this was awesome! I’ve got a special notebook for my to-do-lists and yes, all the simplest things are on there, so at least it looks like I did something productive. I also like to add what I need to post on social media, so that I don’t even have to think about that anymore in the morning 😀
Yes!!! I do this too! I always make a note of specific things I need to share and whatnot so I don’t forget, I’m so glad someone else does that haha!
This is great! I need to be a ‘to-do lister.’ Maybe I’ll get things done quicker 🙂
Thank you! Haha I don’t know about quick 😉
Legitimately my life right here. I plan days in advance, and yes it’s overwhelming when I see my list for the next day. I should probably stop that. I’m trying out the bullet journal system, so we’ll see!
Also, I’m totally guilty of writing every thing down, and then ignoring it and watching Netflix all day anyways. Terrible tv shows for the win!
Haha glad you agree! I sometimes plan days way in advance too… Eek. Sometimes hour by hour! I realise how crazy that sounds now haha!
This is exactly what I’m like! Gosh i love a to do list more than life! And the first two I always do that! 😘
Oh me too! There’s so much satisfaction in just writing to do lists and knowing everything you need to do is right there in front of you!
OMG THE FIRST ONE YES! XD Great post, so relatable!
Hahahaha everyone does it 😉 thank you!
Oh gosh I am a chronic to do lister! To the point where I created my own weekly planner which I print off I, monthly increments that include school lists, blog lists, goals and weekly and daily to do lists that I do every day. I can literally relate to ever single one of these quotes. All of them. Especially the Netflix one and the “writing down a task” you’ve already completed”. Oh dear me I love this post so much! xoxo
Hahaha so glad you hear you agree. You’re very similar to me! I love creating different lists for different things – it’s extremely satisfying! xx
That’s all true! Are you familiar with listography? I recently found out about this site and I’m ecstatic! http://listography.com/
I THINK I used to use this site but I can’t remember. Will take a look and if I get addicted, it’s your fault! (;
You’re allowed to blame me as much as you can!
Monica is great. Your first point made me think of his haha https://weltretter.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/7f11a.jpg
Hahaha this made me laugh! (:
Happy to help Jenny
Oh goodness. I completely get this. I never ever ever ever close my Wunderlist, and have about three notebooks on hand, and a tablet for “lists”. I even highlight mine…. I’m glad I’m not the only one. For real though on the pen and getting to cross it off. That’s the best part!
I’m glad you agree! I love the satisfaction of crossing through something too haha! I feel like the “times” have gone on without me! xx
Hahahahaha! This is me in a nutshell! Hilarious.
Great post (as ever) Jen! Xxx
Haha yay! Glad you agree Katie! Thank you so much (: xxx
This is my favourite blog post of the year!! I couldn’t stop giggling because it sounded so much like me :). I can relate to and agree with every single point on your list. My family thinks I’m crazy, but now I know I’m not the only one. I mean seriously, I thought I was the only one who didi #1. Yayyyy for listers!!!!
Oh my god! That is THE BEST THING EVER to hear! Thank you! I’m glad you agree and can relate! High five for to-do listers! xx
We to-do listers must stick together. High five right back at ya :).
Item No. 1 on your list?
1. Make List.
Hahaha you know it, John! (;
This is so relatable! I use a bullet journal as my to do list and I feel like I do all of this!
Yay! I’m glad you agree! I need to invest in a new notebook – maybe one SPECIFICALLY for to-do lists? Those must exist?
I use a Moleskine for mine, but I do know some stationary stores here in Holland have to-do list books, so I’m sure they have them in the UK! Otherwise, I know there is an easy store for Hema, a Dutch store, you could try to find one there too!
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I make lists too, but these days I don’t understand what I wrote or even why I wrote it. Back to winging it, I suppose!
Oh no! Haha, nothing wrong with winging it! If I could, I would but I just wouldn’t get anything done!
I am not a full-on to-do lister, but I do feel more productive when I use one. For me it’s definitely a thing that comes and goes. Certain weeks I’ll be listing everything ever on there, other weeks I won’t be feeling my to do lists (and wind up getting little to nothing done).
I even have times when at the end of the day that I’ll tally how many items on my list i completed, just to see if I was as productive/lazy as I felt. PS: it definitely helps to write down super simple tasks for this one as it gets your count up (especially on those days where you just couldn’t find the motivation)
I totally get that. I’ve been like that in the past too – really productive one week and really not the next. That is a REALLY good idea – making a list at the end of the day of things you’ve got done. I bet you feel a real sense of achievement when that list is long?
For sure! When you had a list of twenty things and you completed 18 things, it feels real nice. On the other hand it can also be really motivating if you only managed to do about 5 things on that same list. It can really make you want to push yourself the next day, especially if new things will be added to the list the next day as well as the unfinished tasks. But sometimes that motivation proves to be lacking and I will get little done a couple of days in a row. Some days I just can’t seem to push myself to work (I wish I could though!), and that’s why I would probably never do well working for myself. Because there will always be some tasks that I don’t love doing just as there will always be days that I don’t feel like working. So I’m pretty sure that working independantly (especially from home) is not really something for me.
To do lists really help me with my writing! I break down my word count into manageable chunks of 500 words Eg. 1) Have breakfast 2) 500 words… 3) 500 words…. I definitely add stuff I’ve already done for the pleasure of crossing it off and as for ‘brushing your teeth’, I think it absolutely has a legitimate place on a to do list… as does 4) ‘cross off things you’ve done… okay, that last one is a bit naughty, but it’s MY to do list!
That is a really good idea! Some days I’ve been totally crazy and actually planned my whole day around times. E.g 7 o’clock: Get up, 7.15: Have breakfast. I don’t do that anymore (thankfully) but doing words inbetween other tasks is a really great idea – considering I’m working on a MS that’d really help! Thanks for the tip!
Gah I am terrible, I very rarely make lists preferring to wing it most of the time!
You seem to get a lot done though so winging it must work for you! (:
I’m not a to-do lister, but I probably should be. I write myself little notes to remember appointments and things like that, but a list would probably be better, seen as I do have a habit of both forgetting things I have to do and procrastinating over things I really don’t want to do.
Ah we’re not all to-do listers and that’s cool! I wish I wasn’t so uptight about things as I am tbh haha! Maybe give to-do lists a go for a week see how you get on? (:
this made me laugh .. i have a ‘special’ book with 365 pages in it. i also have a notebook similar to the described in The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurin that i’m always scribbling in. I also used to list everything I owned ‘just for reference’ you understand.
Great post and fabulous blog x
Your special 365 page book sounds fabulous – a to-do list for every day! That’s my idea of heaven! Where did you get it?! Thank you very much, Tracy! (: xx
from Asda funnily enough
This is brilliant. ALL HAIL MONICA GELLER 😂 (yes, I’m a total lister too!) xx
Haha Monica is AMAZING! Honestly, if I could spend the day with a made up character, it’d be her. I’d be in organisational heaven! xx
Absolutely, I adore (and idolise!) her xxx
Haha, this is so true! My entire day is structured around my to-do list. And if I do something not on the list, well, that doesn’t feel right either! Loved this post!
Haha it so doesn’t does it? If I find myself doing something not on my list, I’ll quickly add it to the list before I finish it so it doesn’t feel weird hahaha! (: xx