Happy Friday, my loves! I don’t know about you, but this weekend snuck up on me. At dinner last night, I realized it was Thursday – meaning this week’s blog post needed to go live TOMORROW?! AAAHHHH!!!!
Luckily, I had been brainstorming blog topics for a while (I have a long list – some ideas are better than others). I just had to pick which one to write about – easier said than done!
Well, when I get stressed or scatter-brained I make a to-do list. So, I sat down at the kitchen island with my weekly to-do list (that was almost complete and a hot mess), my blog topic lists, my currently empty bullet journal, and a blank piece of paper to make a new list….I might have a list-making addiction…. I’m telling you, there are few things that make me feel more accomplished than checking something off my to-do list. Anyway, my lovely mother saw what I was doing and pointed out that one of my listed blog topics was – The Importance of To-Do Lists – and I obviously was in a to-do list state of mind. And here we are! I told you I have an addiction.
Which is why I’m sure when my friends saw this blog post title, they rolled their eyes or laughed and thought, “Of course Lauren would write about to-do lists.” I really do make too many of them but it helps me stay organized and therefore able to help people out with due dates and deadlines when they need it. My friends in my Masters program joke that I’m always on top of stuff and know what is going on – not necessarily true but since I write everything down, I can usually find it after I’ve forgotten (pretending like I knew all along). Tricked y’all! Haha!
So, why are to-do lists important?
First off, they help you get organized! When you write things down in a clean, concise fashion, your mind can focus on how to accomplish tasks as opposed to struggling to remember what needs to be done. Your list shows you what needs doing so you can make a plan to achieve it. I recommend color-coding your lists. You can make priority tasks red and change colors for each level of importance. If that’s not for you, you can make each category of task a different color – work, school, home, bills, etc. Get some pretty pens that you love (I recommend Papermate Flair) and I guarantee you will be more motivated to write a to-do list.
Secondly, to-do lists relieve stress. Raise your hand if you ever lay in bed at night unable to fall asleep because you keep thinking of everything you have to do tomorrow. Both of my hands are up! When you make a to-do list, you no longer have to struggle to remember what you need to do. I make my to-do lists at night; that way I can have a plan set before bed. Then I don’t stress instead of sleeping. To-do lists = sleep; and who doesn’t want more sleep?
Third, they can be creative outlets. Have you ever heard of bullet journaling? If the answer is no – please search #bulletjournaljunkies on Instagram, check out the bullet journal website, or look at my Bullet Journaling Pinterest board. My darling friend, Tessa, introduced me to bullet journaling and my Moleskin notebook FINALLY came in the mail so I can really get started in August!!! Can you tell I’m excited?
So what is a bullet journal, you ask?
Basically, a bullet journal is a make-your-own planner/journal/calendar. It can be whatever your heart desires! The purpose is to help you find a way to be more organized, mindful, creative, and less stressed. CLICK HERE to get my free printable Bullet Journal Topic Guide!
Bullet journals allow you to focus on what is important to you. You don’t have to follow
someone else’s template. You make your own! AND all of your lists can be found in one, single notebook. I slowly started mine this week and I’m already feeling more organized, creative and ready to take on the world. It’s a BOOK OF LISTS – perfect for me! Keep it with you during the day (but don’t lose it) and on your bedside table at night. Each night before you go to sleep, reflect on your day (write it down if you want) and refresh your mind on tomorrow’s tasks – writing down new ones. Then, put it away, put your to-do list out of your mind, and get some sleep!
I hope this post helped open your eyes to the importance and value of to-do lists! Obviously, I adore them.
Comment below with your favorite to-do list tricks! I would love to learn from you!
Once again, HERE is the link to receive my FREE Bullet Journal Content Guide!