To-Do Lists..

United States
March 7, 2013 12:29pm CST
Do you keep a to-do list? Is it a mental one or do you actually write down a list of things you want to accomplish? I don't have much of a to-do list usually. I have a routine of things I like to get done everyday, and I tend to go in the same order each day. Once I get most of those things accomplished I feel much more relaxed. If something is left undone I get anxious until it's done. I don't need a written list to keep track of what I need to do because it has become so routine. If there are new things added, and a lot of them, I do feel more organized with a list.. but usually due to the anxiety I keep going over my mental to-do list constantly so I find it impossible to forget anything that's on it.
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@AmbiePam (49880)
• United States
13 Mar 13
My to do lists are usually mental. To be honest, half the time when I'm looking for a pen I cannot find one. So it's a good thing I don't have to write it down. With five children it's pretty cool you don't have to have one that is written down. I often wonder about my paternal grandmother. She had sixteen children. I wonder how on earth she kept track of anything.
• United States
13 Mar 13
I can never find pens around here either. I think this is why I don't like putting things off or having scheduled things to do because it makes me sort of neurotic. All I can think about is what I have to do.. until it's finally done and my brain can relax!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
9 Mar 13
I often have a mental list that I keep everyday. It's usually the things that I need to do in the house before I could get myself out of the door, and get to work. Things like wake up the kids for school, prepare their lunches, etc. I would usually recite this list in the shower while I number each item. I find that it helps me get fully awake in the morning.
• United States
13 Mar 13
That's pretty much what I do too.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
8 Mar 13
I do have a to-do-list everyday. Like you, it is usually the same things but I feel like I have to have them written down...maybe OCD? I think I get a mental satisfaction crossing stuff off as I accomplish it even if it is the same things everyday.
• United States
8 Mar 13
I can see how crossing things off a list would be satisfying.
@jugsjugs (13045)
8 Mar 13
I have a to do list, never get half of the things done that I have wrote on it.I feel that no matter what things I write on it I find a lot of other things that I get side tracked with.There are lots of things on my list that I am unable to do myself, so they will never get done.
• United States
8 Mar 13
I have that problem too, which is probably why I don't make to-do lists.
@peavey (16856)
• United States
7 Mar 13
I don't make a list of things I have to do every day like wash dishes or make the bed, but I do make a list of other things, like a bill that needs paying, an appointment to make or go to, a letter that needs to be written... If I didn't, I would never get them all done. Besides that, it makes me feel good to cross things off a list as I do them.
• United States
7 Mar 13
I put appointments and bills on my calendar so I don't forget about them.
@dodo19 (33307)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
21 Mar 13
I don't always keep a to-do list. I'll make a mental list of things I have to do, or should do, and such. It's something that I'll do from time to time, or when I remember of something that needs to be done, but that's usually it. It's not necessarily something that I'll do on a regular basis, or anything like that.
@kaka135 (14068)
• Malaysia
14 Mar 13
I like to keep a to-do list, especially when I am working, I'll always write a list of what I need to do, and get them done one by one. Now, I have also set up a plan for my family monthly, weekly and also daily, I just set up a rhythm for my family, mostly for my kids. I also have another to do list for my parenting study, I've made a plan to study for this month, weekly and also daily. I find it useful to list them down, so I won't miss any of them, also I can keep it as a journal, for my future reference.
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
I used to just keep a mental note of what I need to do, but I've recently downloaded this simple app for Android. It's pretty neat and simple. You just input your tasks or "to do" list and the app will automatically list it for you. You can cross out the things that you've finished. Then you can delete the list once you have finished all of it. It can also act as a simple notepad. So if you're on a meeting and you need to take notes, you can also use it.
• Philippines
7 Mar 13
I am a very spontaneous guy and a to-do-list kind of limits my freedom. I do plan things in a big picture. The details just unfold on their own. If I would like to cook a particular dish for example, I just know what i needed for it. In the supermarket, I just keep looking around and just think about what I needed for a specific dish or whatever it is that is missing in my house.
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
7 Mar 13
I have a to do list every day of the week here. My problem is I need 36 hours instead of 24 to get all of them done here. So everyday I have a few to put on the next days list.