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Staying Organized With Lists

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Making lists on paper or on the computer can be a big help, reminding you of errands, appointments, "honey - do's", Christmas shopping or anything you need to keep track of. This is a guide about staying organized with lists.


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August 29, 2008

Have you ever wondered how some people get more done than others? I have always believed that wasting time is as bad as wasting resources or money. I started taking stock of how much time I spend waiting for something, and the numbers will astound you!

EXAMPLE: I spend 30 hours a year waiting for my coffee to brew! If you spend 5 minutes a day, that comes out to be just about 30 hours per year!

I spend about twice that waiting for a bus! And don't even get my started on the 20 minutes per hour that is nothing but commercials on each and every show I watch!

So, I compiled a list of what I do while I...

I hope this will help you not only in your time management, but perhaps even help you eliminate some things you may be doing that you don't even like!

While I Brew My Coffee I:

While I Wait For The Bus I: While I Wait For The Laundry I: While I Watch Endless Commercials I: While I Sleep I: If you really think about what you can be doing while you think you have time to do only one thing, you will compile your own list.

It sure helped me and I am sure it will help you all too.

Source: I thought of this myself. I have been a multitasker from before it had a name, so this is old stuff to me. This is a way to get it out to all "like minded" people. Enjoy all your newly saved time!

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July 7, 20130 found this helpful

I am first nation a native of north America and you know we had the grandma show the young girls how to fill their time and keep in shape for hard work that came in spring and summer. so ya get the list put it in your head and hears to do it, it shows love and caring to do all the little things gives quality to life

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November 30, 2016

I live for my lists. I can't do much without them. So I am always shifting my lap desk and losing them on the floor.

Tonight I decided to get a couple protector sheets and tape them to the desk and keep my lists and such in order. They work pretty good too, but you have to have good quality tape.


If you find the sheets a bit tight, just trim off a little of the page's width and you are good to go. I also suggest you don't put the entire sheet in all the way, just leaving a bit out to grab when you need to write.

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March 15, 2010

How often have you promised to bring something to work (or to a co-worker) the next day and forgotten to do so? And then you forget the next day, and the next day...

When I was working overseas and our Internet services were less than stellar, I used to jot down a little note and stick it in my shirt pocket. When I got home and emptied out my pockets, I'd see the note and take care of it. If Internet services are reliable, like my service in Maryland is, send yourself an e-mail as a reminder. Once you get home, and see the reminder - Do it! If you promised to bring in a book, grab the book and put it in the car.

By Mike from Germantown, MD

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March 20, 20100 found this helpful

Great tip!

I use a variety of means to remind myself: the "bag on the door" trick works very well. I've also been known to simply stuff items I'm supposed to deliver in my oversized purse. Then they're there when I need them.

My most reliable trick other than that is MS Outlook Calendar. I create the reminder to pop up in a timely manner, and I use the "snooze" feature as many times as I want to be nagged. Since I can't see written stickies and my adaptive computer doesn't do graphics, this works best for me.

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December 27, 2010

My husband teases me because I have inherited a family trait of making lists for everything! It sure helps when we go shopping, so I know exactly what we need for recipes, etc.


February 20, 2009

To remember things you want to do keep a big pad on your desk and one near your chair where you set in living room. I also keep a pad for a grocery list, sometimes just watching TV I think of an item I need so I write it down. I also take Ginkgo for memory, it helps.


March 31, 2009

I keep a pad and pen beside each the computer and the microwave. I use the one by the microwave for shopping items I need; then I have a ready-made shopping list.


December 11, 20042 found this helpful

I keep a list on the kitchen counter of things to do and things to buy. If I remember something else that needs to be done I just add it to the bottom of the list. After a day or two I rewrite the list and take off anything that's already marked off.


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March 27, 2014

I'm a big list user. I have an excel spreadsheet on my computer with tabs. I have a list for my movies, cookbooks, kitchen items, books, and more. I get this habit from my mom!


September 6, 2006

When packing to go on Holiday, I prepare a list. I have made up a list of everything that I should bring along and made extra copies of this "TAKE ON TRIPS" list.


May 24, 20051 found this helpful

Anytime you are taking notes from a speech, making a grocery list, or just getting you chores organized, use any size paper that's handy, divide into four sections by either folding in it or drawing a line down the center and one line across the middle.


March 14, 20050 found this helpful

Keep a list of all the foods in your fridge and freezer on a dry erase board and add/subtract foods as you eat/replenish them! It is great for being able to scan and see what you can make or what you need at a quick glance!

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