Organization 101 ~ Daily To-Do

by Merissa on July 16, 2011

in Organization 101

I've worked at home for a little over 2 years now. I have an interesting combo of blogging and freelance writing. I work for many different individuals and companies so I have to keep things organized or I'll not make it through the day!

Each day I break up each thing I have to do into a specific task. I keep a notebook by me at all times. I take it with me when i go somewhere so I know exactly what needs to be done.

I make a list of everything I need to blog for that day and everything else I need to write or do. When something is done, I check it off, it's really that simple but it keeps me right on track. I stay specific in what I need to do. For example, I have several other bloggers that have permission to use my Target deal matchups, so each week after I finish Target I send them the list of deals. On my to-do list I write that I need to send off those deals and who I need to send them to so nothing gets forgotten!

Without my daily to-do notebook, I'm not sure where I'd be! (Off losing my mind probably!) On Sunday night I go and write each day of the week on a separate page. I also write down things I know I need to do and I write down the time if needed. For example, Homestead Hints is posted at 1pm MST every Friday. I need to make sure the post is ready to go before then so it's on my daily to do list.

This works for things other than blogging. If you have drs appointments, or a certain day you need to remember to bake a cake, or maybe there is a certain day you want to remember for a sale in town...write it on you daily to-do list!

The other nice thing about the daily to-do list is that I can see what needs done for the rest of the week and if I get a chance to check off something early, I can! Then there is no rush on Friday night to finish everything that needed to have been done that week, it's already done because I had a list to remember it all!

This works very good for those of us that work at home. Many work at home jobs are tasks that we don't have a set time to be done with, so if you make a list and plan to have it done by a certain time, the task will get done and you don't have to worry about forgetting it!

Do you have a daily to-do list? Do you stick with it? Do you have another method that works?

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1 Melody Duran July 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

While I don’t get paid to do anything at home, so much more gets accomplished when I make a list.Then I am able to see what has been done and see that the day wasn’t wasted, as well as, seeing on paper what has to be done, seems to work better for me.When you stay at home, it can sometimes feel like your work is never done, so it is nice to know that you can check a few things off!


2 Nicole January 22, 2012 at 6:06 am

I agree that making a list works well. I keep a notebook handy at all times and it sticks to me like my phone or purse. Being a stay at home mom, checking things off shows accomplishment!


3 Julie July 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I love this idea of making a to do list for each day of the week before the week begins I am going to try this!!!! this is the best idea I have seen in a long time.


4 Morgan November 26, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I love this!
I work 2 jobs and try to keep an active social life and a good home. This gets overwhelming quite quickly! So much to the annoyance of my friends and family (but to my extreme benefit), I never say “yes” to anything before I check my schedule.
I bought one from staples with a pretty teal front that has each month laid out over 2 pages then 3 days per page so I can see the overview of each month easily but see more info about each day on the bigger pages (here I put addresses, list of things to bring, wear, etc.)
I would honestly be lost without my scheduler- it is my lifeline to sanity. *Laughs.*
Other than that, I just use little tricks within my planner to quickly remind me of an event- like if I have a lunch date or a work party, I underline that date on my monthly view, or if I work that day, I circle it. Or if I’m out of the country, that day is topped by an arrow to show I’m not there.
I think making your planner your own and having something you can write in and hold in your hands- rather than your phone- is truly the key to success in organization! I even put to do lists in here. It’s wonderful. I recommend everyone have one.


5 Julianne February 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

I love the do list ,I find when I tick off tasks on my list, freedom things accomplished,satisfaction being organized thanks great


6 Leeds January 8, 2015 at 12:09 pm

My problem is too many lists!! I have grocery lists, chore lists, cleaning lists, errand lists, gift lists and it goes on. There are lists in various notebooks everywhere. It drives me nuts, it’s overwhelming. Any ideas for me?


7 glenyce August 7, 2015 at 10:39 pm

I keep a scheduler as I call it. Every night I write down all the things I need to get done or would like to do. I’m an organized freak and like to plan my day and see it on paper. I think it’s a smart idea for any woman to have!


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