Somewhere in Middle America

how to manage an overwhelming to do list

The first item on my “To Do” list? Create a better “To Do” list.

Finch and Hawk To Do List

My “To Do” list is expansive. It ranges from “paint my bedroom” to “water the lawn.” Most of the times, it’s unruly. It overwhelms me.

My Book of Lists

I have several lists started on various pieces of paper and in multiple notebooks. What I need to do is consolidate them and keep a running “To Do” list.

Quit Procrastinating Stuff to Do

There a couple of things that make it hard for me to come up with my perfect system. To start, my action items fall under different categories, i.e. business, personal, blog ideas, chores. Do I manage them in separate lists or one massive list? Also, some are time sensitive (“mail check to mother-in-law”) while some are more involved (“hang art in living room” means first I need to BUY art for living room).

iPhone Memo Post-It Note Pad

Some people keep their “To Do” lists on their computer. That wouldn’t work for me because at any given time I could be using 1 of 3 computers. Others use the “To Do” app on their Blackberry/iPhone/Droid. I’m afraid I would forget to check it; plus, I remember things better when I physically write them down. Which leaves me with the paper option, but as I explained above, my current paper system does not seem to be working for me.

Multi Store Shopping List

How do you manage your “To Do” list and prevent it from becoming an overgrown mess that threatens your sanity?

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reducing magazine clutter

In an effort to reduce the clutter in my home, I recently decided to toss every magazine I’d been saving… except for issues of the now-defunct Domino. Before they hit the recycling bin, however, I flipped through EVERY SINGLE ONE — about 50 mags — tearing out articles I wanted to re-read or save for future reference. With extra room on my bookshelf, I definitely feel as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, but now I need to figure out what to do with the stack of random articles I’ve accumulated! There’s got to be 150-200 pages of information there! Obviously I need to file them somewhere, either in categorized folders or binders. Ugg, this process is never-ending…

In exciting news, the cable company is coming this afternoon to install cable in my home office so I’ll be able to have the TV playing in the background while I blog and surf the web. Pretty soon this room will be 100% functional, and I predict I will be spending quite a bit of time in it in the upcoming months. I rearranged my furniture so that my desk is in front of a window, and I’m loving being able to peer into our lush backyard as I type this. I actually feel, well, a bit like a professional and extra motivated. Sometimes all you need to do is set the stage in order to get into character.

(photo by me)

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