Thursday, February 3, 2022

Everyday Organizing for Busy Moms {To-Do Lists}

It's February!!! A new month means another themed calendar photo.

We'll see if I can keep this up all year long, but so far it's been fun and y'all know I love a good theme. 

This month is all about LOVE!!! 

And all about getting ready for one of the busiest seasons...spring sports. 

Not sure about y'all, but our spring sports are about to start up which means all three kids overlapping, trying to coordinate practice times, carpools, and squeezing in dinner in between all of that.  Throw in some everyday life and it is enough to make your head spin.  

Last month I shared all about my family calendar that helps our family keep our lives in check, but this month is all about to-do lists! Nothing groundbreaking and I'm sure many of you use to-do lists on a daily basis, but thought I would share what I do to stay organized and make sure I get each and everything done that needs to happen. 

A while back I started using the Notes app on my phone to keep a master to-do list running and it has been such a great system for me.  Anytime I need to do ANYTHING it goes on the list.  It could be something that I'm going to end up doing a few weeks from now, something that needs to happen that day, or something I just don't want to forget.  

If I get an email about a birthday party, buying a gift goes on the list.  Have a random thought while I'm brushing my teeth at night, I add it to the list. Remember that I need to text a friend about something, it goes on the list so I don't forget. It doesn't matter what it is, if it is something I need to do or that needs my attention, it goes on the list.  I love using the little bullet point/check it off tool and then usually every night I will go through and delete the completed tasks and update anything for the next day. 

I also usually have a few sticky notes here and there with things I don't want to forget to do. I might ride around with a Target return or a bag of Goodwill donations in the back of my car for over a week unless I remind myself by writing it down.  

My kids aren't safe from to-do lists either!  They have gotten used to me jotting down some to-do's for them a few times a week. I can tell them a long list of things I want them to get done, but it often goes in one ear and out the other.  I used to find myself getting upset with them and constantly nagging because I felt like they weren't listening so this helps everyone out.  Kids get saved from my nagging and I get them to do what I need them to. 

It's also helpful because everyone is home in shifts due to different school dismissals and practice times. If things are written down for them they know what needs to happen in the afternoon before the evening rush without me being there and it sort of holds them accountable.  

Curious if any of you have a great to-do list system you use or how you keep yourselves organized on a daily basis.  If so, share your tips with me! I can't wait to share more about how I do life and all the mom things next month. 


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