The List

Pretty much all my "survivor tips" are simple, even bland.  But I'm not writing an article for Good Housekeeping - the only seal they would award me is to participate as the "Before" picture!  SO, I hope your expectations are manageable as you read today's tip:

an ongoing "to do"list

Yep, that's all for today.  Simple that it is, it really helps me get things done.  And helps me remember things.  That's more and more important with each flip of the calendar....

Here's what I do -- I have a  pad of paper by my kitchen phone.  Every time I think of something I need to do, I jot it down.  On the list at this very moment are things like this - get piano tuned, clean basement shelves, freezer meals for Mary, Chip's game Friday, pay orthodontist bill (with 4 kids, that one gets marked off only to be re-written for two more years!!!!), etc.  I put immediate type items (grocery store by Friday) and long term projects (build deck).  Once completed, I mark it off (gives me a high every time) and keep adding to the list.  Once the page is full, I copy the unmarked items onto the next page of the pad and toss the marked up one.  As soon as an idea floats into my brain, I jot it onto this pad.  Then I don't have to worry about forgetting it because I am in this area of my house so that I can peek at the list all day long.  Plus writing it down helps with remembering, too.

Simple.  But, for unorganized me - it's effective.

Good way to use up all those free notepads you get from hotel rooms, too.