Another Survival Tip — A Great To Do List

I have another great survival tip. Having a “to do list” that you will use. For me finding one that I could work with was a God-send. My “to do list” is made up of three columns: To Do, To Go, and To Call. 

Each night I pull out a blank copy of my list.  This is my To Do List.  On this list, I write down everything that needs to be done for the day, every place I have to go and every person I have to call.  I even put down the phone numbers and little note why I am making the call.  The list and my calendar go with me on my errands, if I have any for the day.  If I wind up waiting somewhere, I have the phone numbers and can make calls and save some time later in the day. 

I should note that the items on the To Do part of the list are things that are not part of my normal routine. I do have a household management binder that lists everything out that is done on a daily, weekly and seasonal level.

I also have learned not to sweat it if everything does not get completed in the day.  It has taken me a long time to get to this point, Type A personality that I am.  Over time, I slowly realized that unless it was matter of safety, items can wait until I have time to get to them.  Most of the items are taken care of within a week. I just place the unfinished items on the first lines of tomorrow’s list and they will usually get done the next day.

I also limit myself to number of boxes on the sheet for each day.  That means 12 To Do, 12 To Go and 12 To Call.  Let’s face it, if you are trying to accomplish more than 36 items above and beyond the normal routine, items won’t get done.

I hope this list will bless you as it has blessed me.

Pax Christi,

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

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Managing It All

How do I manage to do everything that needs to be done around our busy house? You have seen our schedule and the Children’s Chore list. Part of my evening routine is filling out my To Do list for the next day.

This list is a table format that has 3 columns: To Do, To Go and To Call. Each column has 15 lines in it. I figure if the list is totally full that is 45 items to do in a day. More than enough for any one person to accomplish! During the day, as I finish a task, it is crossed off. If life takes over and I cannot finish the list, the undone items roll over to the top of tomorrow’s list.

I print the To Do List on one page. I can easily fold it and put in my calendar or purse so I have it with me while running my errands.

I do some other things I do to make this work for me. I put the phone numbers on the To Call List so I have them. I also jot a quick note about why I am calling. I put the To Go list in the order I am going to travel. Mapping out my day helps with the travel and cuts down on a back tracking. I also attach any shopping lists so everything is all together for the day.


Mom’s To Do List can be seen here. Let me know if you need it in a different format if you want to try it out.