Planning it All Out: Weekly To-Do List

I did some blog maintenance today, and looking back over some of my old posts, I realized I have a tendency for setting myself up to fail by trying to do too much all at once.  I get really excited about all the things I want to do and then spend all my time thinking about them or planning them instead of actually doing them.  Then I feel like crap for not achieving all the wonderful things I was daydreaming about.  I have a lifetime history of getting in over my head.

I was reading some old posts and my old to-do lists were insane!  I was trying to map out an entire month of things to accomplish and I am just way to spontaneous and lack the focus necessary for planning out an entire month in advance like that.  What was I thinking???  I may be able to break some bad habits and become more of the person I see myself as, but at my core I'm going to be who I have always been.  And that's okay.  I don't want to be a new person, I want to be a better version of the person I already am.

I realize as a mom I'm going to have to start planning ahead a little more than I do, which is to say, I'm going to have to start planning ahead, because before Jack there was no planning at all.  I always carried around a day planner and have several apps on my phone for managing my schedule and to-do lists, but I would write things down or enter them in the phone and never look at them again!  Ha!

I think I'm going to start small this time; lesson learned, right?  I bought a planner.  It's not the one I wanted, but I'll make it work.  I won't complain about what it doesn't have or what I don't like about it.  What I do like is it has a space for a weekly to-do list.  And it's not a gillion lines long; it's 5 simple lines.  Surely I can decide on 5 things to do each week and accomplish them.  Right?  And if I can't do 5, I'll try 3, and if I can't do 3 (surely I can do 3), I'll do 1.  I'm thinking of listing 2 things for the house, 1 thing for the blog, 1 thing for myself, and 1 miscellaneous thing.   And I'm not going to make myself fill out all 5 lines at one time.  I'll fill out the list as the mood strikes me if I can't come up with enough of a plan all at once.

Things that won't be going on that list are day to day chores like sweeping, laundry, or dishes.  Those things need to be done regardless, and I don't get any extra points for doing them, even with a baby.

What are some ways you stay organized and on top of your to-do list?  Do you write things down or use an app on your phone?  How do you stay motivated to cross things off the list?  Do you reward yourself?  How?  Any suggestions for me?


  1. Make sure at least one item on your list is something lovely that you do for yourself! Really important to take care of Jack's mother : )


    1. Absolutely! I can't take care of Jack if I don't take care of myself, too!


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