Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Works-For-Me Wednesday

This is my first Works-For-Me Wednesday!

So here is what I have found to work for me...

I laminate in order to reuse. Specifically my daily to-do list. Yes, I am a compulsive list maker. It started when I was pregnant and couldn't remember the five items I needed by the time I got to the grocery store. Well, it has been almost three years, and I have yet to get my memory back.

Anyway, I used to make a list everyday during breakfast of things that needed to be done to include errands, chores, work tasks, menu, exercise goal, etc., etc. Then somehow I would have a pile of lists cluttering my kitchen bar, aka the clutter catcher, that I kept because there was always one (or two or three...) tasks that did not get accomplished. That is another post entirely.

Anyway, I found that a lot of the days I would rewrite the same tasks. So I thought, hey why don't I make a laminated, reusable to-do list that I can just wipe off when I am done? It was so simple. Why had I not thought of this sooner? So, I went over past lists and wrote down the typical tasks for each day of the week. I then created a cleaning schedule of things to be done daily. I went on my computer and typed up the items done daily in one list, and then I went through and typed specific tasks for Monday, Tuesday, and so on in another list. I put blank spaces to be able to write in things that pop up, which there always are. I also picked a quote to add to each day that inspired me. Below is a small and unreadable picture of one day's to do list, but gives you an idea of what it looks like.

Also I have copied a sample of one day's list below (I tried to add my word document in here but don't know how, or if that is even possible.) The font I used was this.

Daily list:
o Vitamins/medicine
o Make beds
o Laundry
o Exercise
o Wipe counters/table
o Unload dishwasher
o Run dishwasher
o Take out trash
o Pick up toys/clutter
o Breakfast:
o Lunch:
o Dinner prep:
o Dinner:

o Laundry- B work clothes
o Sweep/mop all floors
o Clean kitchen
o __________________
o __________________
o __________________

In creating my list I tried to be as artsy and creative as I could so that the finished product would be something attractive that I would actually want to use and put in my house. After I was done, I bought self laminating sheets, and covered each one. I simply use vis-a-vis markers and fill in what I need to during breakfast. I know exactly what needs to be done for the day and it is such a simple solution. The best part is that now cleaning up my pile of old lists is not on the list of things I need to do! I also save so much paper this way. Earth-friendly and organized! It doesn't get better than that!

Do you have anything that you have found useful to be laminated?

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Mandy said...

This is great! I am a list maker in deed! My brain left also with the pregnancy and birth 5 years ago!!

Brooke said...

i have to be able to cross things off my list as i go - but you can still do that with this method. nice!

Miranda said...

Great idea! I used to use page protecter sheets, like for scrapbooking to slip my preschoolers work sheets in. The could use a dry erase marker to do their work sheet, erase, and try again.

I will definitely try this. BTW, you can also use clear contact paper as a cheap substitute for laminating sheets.

Sherry said...

I have a list like this and use a china marker. I also have my shopping list according to aisle set up this way. :D

Shynea @ Penny Pinching Diva said...

I have never thought about using self laminating sheets to cover up my to-do list. I basically have one housekeeping to-do list that I use every week. I just keep rewriting it or printing it off. I will have to go to Wal-Mart and buy a pack of these. I can come up with a few different things that I could laminate.