Last week I shared the paper planner system I am using for my next actions list.
My recent change, adding a “Today” page, has upped its effectiveness. With a main page dedicated to organizing today’s actions, I can plan the day ahead of time and assess the priority of project tasks with a single glance. If I don’t get to a task, I either bump it on to the to-do page for tomorrow or move it back to its specific project page to tackle it another day. Read all the details about the post-it system here.
I’m tweaking my system as I go, making it work for me. But, we know one size does not fit all (some may not be fond of moving post-its around in a notebook, although I’m finding it magical!). For folks still searching for their own perfect system, I thought I’d share some of my favorite printable lists from around the web. I’ve shared some of my favorite apps to help mange tasks, but I’ve got to balance out the options for those more inclined to turn to paper over the digital world of task management. Ready? Here are my top 6.
1| Love the fun fonts and forget-me-nots: by Life’s a Journal
2| Keeping it clean and simple: by Moxie Works
3| a week plan from Buttoned Up; there are lots of free printables on the site
4| The Project Girl; she also has a blank version to personalize
5| goal oriented to-dos: by Jana Laurene
6| daily planner: by Simple Organized Living
Click on the links above to explore these (free) options to help manage your to-do’s. Each of the options above takes a little twist on visual management of to-do’s. The key is to find one that works seamlessly for you. I also love that many of these options allow for your own customization so you can tweak it to make it work even better for you.
Which one is your favorite? Do you have your own links to recommend?
If you want to manage tasks on paper, but the idea of having paper lists flying free makes you cringe; I found a couple of options for beyond creating your own home management binder. Here is a fun tutorial for making your own notepad. The The Project Girl prints her pages out and has it bound at a local print shop.