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Making a "To Do" List

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Staying organized and knowing what to do next will allow you to make the best use of your time. A to do list is a tried and true method of staying on task. Plus it feels great to look back and the end of the day and see all you accomplished. This is a guide about making a "to do" list.
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November 14, 2011

A previous boss insisted we have productive days so he gave us a sheet of paper on which he had headings. He asked us to list three things we wanted to accomplish on a given day, and one thing we would break up over the many days of a month.

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At the end of any week, we had accomplished 21 things and at month end, a major project had been finished.

By Lynn from Bridgeville

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February 2, 2015

Eighteen months ago I lost my husband of 42 years of marriage.

Ever since, My three sons and one daughter have been wonderful about making sure that things are getting done around my house.

They are always reminding me to use one of those magnetic chore pads that stick to my refrigerator and as I see a light bulb out, or a chirping smoke detector, a leaky faucet, etc. I write it down on the pad! And each of my children takes turns coming up each Saturday to go over the list. Even if there is nothing on my list, it turns out to be a date day out. They take me food shopping, pharmacy shopping, out for a wonderful lunch, and so much more. And the best part is the grandchildren that come with them.

Over the course of a weekend, I always get to see all eleven grandchildren anyway! "Life doesn't get better than Grandchildren." They are Nana's medicine for her broken heart! :) - One proud happy Nana.

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August 30, 20044 found this helpful

The "Flash List". This is a game I made up to get five things done really quick. Start by cutting up small pieces of any kind of scrap paper, keep them in a small box on the edge of your desk. When your To Do List seems overwhelming, sit down and write only five things on one of these slips of paper. They can be the smallest of tasks, mixed with maybe one larger task. Don't forget to have at least one of them be a "fun" task, a little reward for yourself.

This is now your "Flash List". The game rules are you must do all 5 things before stopping, right in a row, in the order you have written them. If you do that, you win! Just adds a little fun to the day's To Do List and helps you prioritize. Have fun!

By Jayne

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December 7, 2011

Ever wonder why you can't finish a list before another comes up? Well, I did too. I made a list to "do by" and divided it up into the areas that govern my life.

I will try and post it as it's on the computer ready to be printed out, but it might not load properly. So, if it won't, I will just tell you what to type and you can do your own.

My "Do By " List:

Do by__________on___________.

Wow, it WORKED! (and no, this is not part of the list).

If you like this as is, copy and paste to a Word doc, modify what you need to, save and print. I find a week is enough to fill the page, but yours might just last a day. Good luck!

Source: Just trying to keep my self on track. We don't have much control over our lives these days, so this helps me feel I do. I hope it helps. PBP

By Sandi from Salem, OR

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