When I’m feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks that need to get done, I take out an old fashioned paper and pencil and jot it all down. Everything is categorized by importance, urgency, or how badly I want to get it off my plate. Only then can I sit back, take a breath, and get started on tackling each and every project. Unfortunately, my paper is not always the prettiest!
I’ve created a printable task list that will help me, and you, become more productive, professional, and lessen the frustration that accompanies project overload. The downloadable list can be used as a daily, weekly, or monthly task sheet.
The list features a separate section for the important items. These are your focus. These are what your mission is all about. These are the ones that, once done, you will sleep through the night without horrible nightmares. The “Things To Do” section is for the mundane things. You can use that section for items like remembering to get your niece’s birthday gift, or like me: laundry.
This to-do list also has a portion dedicated to phone calls and emails that have to get done. I advise writing down the phone number or email address of the person you’ll try to reach to avoid procrastination.
The most important portion of the list is the Goal(s) section. Thanks to my high-school art teacher, I now write down a daily goal each morning. Although it was really annoying during 11th grade, I have now realized the importance of writing down goals. It makes them real. It makes them attainable. An example of my daily goal could be “Be Here Now” or even “Figure out how to tell my husband I bought another 5 pairs of shoes – at one time”.
I hope that find this task list helpful, if not, please send me a message on how I can make it better. Want to chat about design, productivity tips, or how to let your husband know you got new shoes, again? Contact me and I’ll buy you a coffee!
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Months ago, I had been dreaming of going away for a weekend. I really wanted to see another city and distance myself from work, deadlines, and the constant emails. I finally settled on Chicago but put off packing until the night before! Thankfully, I’m a list person and didn’t forget anything. I created this free travel checklist to make your life, and mine a bit easier and prettier.
So why did I choose Chicago? It was the obvious choice for three reasons:
1. Food – The food. The. Food. Do I need to say more? Yes, I do. I had heard stories about the food in Chicago but experiencing the large variety of offerings was amazing. My favorites were the Al Pastor tacos at Mercadito in River North. Absolutely delicious. And the margaritas made everything so much better! This is one of the first spots I’ll go to next time.
2. Sites – It’s hard to pack everything Chicago has to offer in a couple days. We started off at Millennium Park and took lots of photos while fighting crowds of tourists. We then walked on N. Michigan Ave and turned onto the Navy Pier, where we not only rode the Ferris Wheel, cooled off inside the Crystal Gardens, but we ate some Churros with ice-cream. We continued walking until we found ourselves at the John Hancock Observatory, now 360 Chicago. The view was spectacular and completely worth the ear popping we experienced up and down the elevators. And that was just half the day! We still had museums, the River North, the beaches, Wrigley Field, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Homes. Although we hit lots of places on our list, next time I’m hoping that we’ll be able to fully digest what we’re seeing without rushing.
3. Far, but not too far – Thanks to my mommy guilt, I can’t go away from home for more than a couple days. There’s an odd feeling that something was left behind and that I should be holding someone’s hand while crossing the street. I decided that I needed to get far enough that I wouldn’t rush home if a situation arose, but close enough that if that situation got worse, I could drive back in a night.
Having had a wonderful trip to Chicago (I miss it already) here’s a free downloadable packing list you can use to minimize the risk of forgetting anything and let me know where you’ll be heading late summer! I need more travel ideas.
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