5 lists you should have in your journal (or planner)
Essential Planner Lists for Busy Moms: Simplify Your Day-to-Day Life
Organize Your Life Effectively and EfficientlyGetting organized is a common goal, but it's often easier said than done. Lists can help, but only if they're practical and sustainable. If you’ve struggled with managing your to-do lists, you’re in the right place. Here, we outline the 5 must-have lists for your planner or journal, designed to:
- Tackle any kind of task
- Be realistic and actionable
- Reduce stress and overwhelm
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Common Mistakes in List-Making
Before diving in, let’s address why list-making sometimes fails:
1. Overcomplicating the List
The simpler the list, the more likely you'll use it. Don't wait for the perfect conditions; just get it down on paper. We offer easy-to-use Inserts to help you get started.
2. Inconsistent List Locations
When your lists are scattered, you're less likely to reference them. Keep your lists in your planner and mark the pages for easy access.
3. Creating Too Many Lists in Various Places
Having multiple lists in different locations creates more chaos. The ideal spot for your lists is your planner.
5 Essential Lists for Your Journal or Planner
Now let's dive into the 5 lists we think you should keep in your planner. Don't have a lists planner insert you love?? Check out our Quad Lists here.
1. "Waiting On" List
Keep track of items you are waiting for, whether it’s a reply from a client or a borrowed lawnmower. Review this list regularly to follow up as needed.
*Action Step: Start a “Waiting On” list in your planner today.*
2. "Promises" List
Track all commitments you’ve made. Whether it's bringing appetizers to a dinner or meeting a friend, jot it down.
*Action Step: Add promises to your list immediately after making them, and review this list weekly.*
3. "Worries" ListList your worries and create action plans for each. This will not only give you relief but also free up mental space.
*Action Step: Schedule time each week to review and act on your "Worries" list.*
4. "Home Inventory" ListCreate an inventory of valuable items in your home. This helps in cases of emergencies and for insurance claims.
*Action Step: Take a weekend to document your home inventory, and store this list in a safe place.*
5. "Primary Task" ListMaintain a list of tasks that aren’t immediate but are important. This keeps your daily lists uncluttered.
*Action Step: Keep this list in a separate section of your planner for easy reference.*
Bonus: "Brain Dump" List
Regularly empty your mind of tasks, thoughts, and ideas onto paper. This helps you prioritize and sort items into the appropriate lists.
*Action Step: Schedule a monthly or weekly 'Brain Dump' session to declutter your mind.*