Lists are an incredible tool for getting your life organized.
They allow you to keep track of things and also visualize everything.
The first step to keeping these lists and helping get yourself organized is to get a notebook that you like. You should definitely get a spiral bound notebook because it is easier to go back and forth between pages and have more long term running lists.
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1) Daily To Do list – a running daily to-do list is probably the most helpful list that you can use to help keep organized.
2) Weekly To Do list – a weekly to-do list can be a life changing tool to keep (and stay) organized. I have a whole post on creating a productive and helpful weekly to-do list including a free digital list. Check it out here: How To Write Weekly To-Do Lists + Free Template .
3) Goals list – both short term and long term lists of your goals is very helpful for keeping your dreams and priorities in mind.
4) Fitness progress list – keep track of your gym activities and progress. This isn’t just the scale/measurements but also how far you ran each day or how much you lifted. These lists will help keep you on track of your fitness goals but also will help keep you organized.
5) Stores/Shopping list – this is for stores and items BESIDES groceries. Keeping a list of things that you’ll need at Target or for your kids is helpful. It’s easy to forget that you need Sharpies when you go to Target in 2 weeks.
6) Meal planning list – keeping a running list of what your meals will be for the next 5-7 days is so helpful for staying organized. It ensures you can avoid the fighting over what to eat and that you know what groceries you need to buy. Bonus- it helps you also avoid food waste, which now more than ever is so important.
7) Budget list – this will depend on your individual family finances and what your preference is but I have found a general list tracking my incoming money and outgoing money helps me largely keep my finances in check. I also have a monthly expenses list for reoccurring monthly bills that is very helpful even if you have everything on auto-payments like I do!
8) Spending list – similar to your budget list but a spending list is a more detailed list of what your spending money on. This list helps you get a much better idea for budgeting on what areas you are spending money on and a good idea of where you could be saving money. It sounds difficult but if you just take a second after going to a store or ordering food to jot down the items and the store/restaurant it will become a habit and can really help your finances if correctly utilized.
9) Running Grocery list – a running grocery list is great because your more likely to remember things if you write them down when you realize you need them rather than hoping to remember on the 1 day a week you normally write up your grocery list. Think about it- it’s hard to remember on Sunday that you used the last bit of ketchup on on Thursday if you haven’t needed ketchup since then!
10) Emails to send – this is more so a list for me at work but it’s so important for me to jot down emails I need to send. For me, as I’m walking around and meeting with people I’ll think of something I need to inform someone of or of an idea to discuss over email and to avoid forgetting about it I just keep a running “emails” list!
11) Events to attend – I like to keep this list running as ideas of events I want to attend and fun things to do! I love checking out the local events on Facebook and then keeping a running list of them.
12) Cleaning lists – the best way in my experience is to break this up into daily, weekly, and monthly. It helps keep track of not only what needs to be cleaned but when the last time something was cleaned.
13) Books you want to read/ shows to watch lists – this is pretty self explanatory but when you see a TV show you want to watch or hear about a book you want to read then jot it down. You probably won’t remember the name of a random book that your coworker recommended 3 months ago when you finally get a chance to read a new book, so jot it down in the moment.
14) Birthday & Anniversary list – make this list so you never forget the birthdays and anniversaries of your loved ones. Trust me- if you remember the wedding anniversary of your sister that will mean the world to her.
15) Areas/items to declutter list – keeping a list of what needs organized or decluttered is so helpful so that when you get the opportunity to declutter then you already have a great list to start with. This is super helpful when you get the time to work on organizing your home.
(I have a list of 50 items to declutter in your home to get this list started/help you brainstorm!)
16) Usernames and passwords lists – a notebook page that does not travel with you with your username and passwords can be super helpful. Remember – it’s much more secure to have random and un-associated passwords for each account you have.
17) Restaurants to try list – keep a running list of restaurants you hear about or that are opening soon that you want to try. This is incredibly helpful when you are debating with your family/significant other where you want to go to dinner.
18) Professional accomplishments lists – it’s actually very easy to forget about professional accomplishments such as the name of an award you won or the dates of a certification. Keep a list with all that information! It will come in handy when updating your resume or if you need to write a professional autobiography.
Hope these list ideas can help get you more organized this year.
Make sure to leave a comment with any additional lists you like to make to help keep you organized!