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    I received a parcel in the post the other day that couldn’t have been more me – a bunch of Knock Knock desk stationery items for keeping track of my to do’s – from ‘right now’ jobs to ‘just now’ jobs. My favourites are the paper mousepads – love those!! This delicious delivery from the folks at Exclusive Books (where a gigantic range of Knock Knock items are stocked) got me thinking about To Do systems.


    My own system is completely and utterly ridiculously laborious. I generally write my To Do’s on a fresh page of my typist’s notebook – i write up my Good Housekeeping To Do’s in the top left of the page, I Want That and I Want That Wedding To Do’s further towards the bottom and then personal To Do’s for the day in the top right corner. I use highlighters a lot and i am a bit OCD about writing things neatly. I also like to tick off what i’ve done in a different colour pen and yes, i’ve been known to rewrite a list if i didn’t start it off neatly enough (erm..can you say time waster?!) Oh, and the more stressed i am the neater the list…can you say…issues?!

    If i’m feeling very pushed for time on a particular day, i’ll number the To Do’s (in a different colour pen of course) in order of importance. When it comes to pens i like to use colourful fineliners OR a BIC click pen for the main writing part and a fineliner for the ticking off part. Occasionally i revert back to my Lamy fountain pen, but that’s mainly reserved for writing down notes in interviews.


    I also have a notebook for household To Do’s and grocery lists as well as an A5 Typo notebook which has my blog posts plan for the week written up in it (see in the top pic). And then…i also use Evernote if i’m keeping track of things off the top of my head. Shew…this explanation has made me feel cross eyed. My To Do lists are definitely a security blanket – a psychologist would have a field day!

    Getting to the third part of this post is other people’s To Do lists. because my own system is rather erm…over the top, i am totally fascinated with other people’s ‘systems’.

    ToDo2 This is fellow stationery addict and bloggerย  Nadia van der Mescht’s system:

    She says:

    I love digital and being online, but for list making I still prefer pen and
    paper. I also use my phone and iPad when I am out an about. I use Excel for
    bigger things like planning my workshops, especially when it comes to
    keeping track of costs.

    I like to add colour by highlighting things here and there and adding a few
    extra notes on post-its. I keep it neat, but I do have other paper on my
    desk for scribbles, sketches or brainwaves to get back to later. I keep a
    small diary – which you will see in the pics, this is to keep track of
    dates, meetings and appointments. I am currently using a Typo notebook for
    the note making, which is daily. In the front of the notebook there are some
    lovely pockets which I use for an extra calendar and pretty things to keep
    or cards/letters I still need to reply to. I run bigger lists for blog post
    ideas and general goals, they are in the same notebook currently, but in a
    different section.

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    And this is Donna from Lovely Things’ system

    ย This is what my desktop looks like on any given day! It’s the only way I can keep track because the computer screen is the one thing I look at most. I tend to forget stuff in note books etc. & the fact that I can personalise it with colours, fonts etc., really helps with my OCD tendancies!


    And this is the To Do notebook (Typo) from Nicola of Ask Ashe

    Oh do I have special pens – of course! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I use highlighters from Muji – they are the bomb
    and I have a very anal colour coded system using
    yellow, pink and green.
    I also buy anything I see with miffy on it – still
    a complete kid at heart ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I did splurge at Typo when I was in jhb recently
    and bought a desk organiser pad and a neon ruler,
    crisis that store is the bomb!
    ย (yes Houston, we have a problem)

    Shew, a long post today lovelies, would love to know, what works for you when it comes to your To Do’s?

  • 12 Comments to “To Do To Do To Do”

    1. Jonelle on

      I just received my Typo voucher… and the packaging was sooo pretty… can’t wait to go shop till I drop at Typo. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Christine on

      Wow!! Organised indeed but it did leave me wondering if you have time to do once you have finished with all the doing lists? ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. Natasha on

      LOL Christine. Good one. I love making lists too, make and make and make lists – then realise there’s no time to do anything that’s on them.

    4. Nadia on

      My conclusion – we are all OCD in some way! He He He ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely post & I love seeing all the lists! x

    5. ashe on

      hahahahaha, we are crazy OCD, I love it!
      thanks for sharing all these x

    6. Rose McClement on

      I must say I get quite intimidated by organised people’s To do lists making. Not that I am disorganized, because I could never make it through the nite if I were. But when I see the organised brain come out on paper, I have to wonder how I get by on my lists. I do have them, but my shorthand note book is something that has somehow or another worked for me through the years, and my diary. The owners of these To Do Lists just seem to make it fun, almost like scrap booking. Whereas mine is purely functional. But hey – at the moment – even that is okay.

    7. Sally on

      Everything seems more do-able when I write it down – I’m list obsessed. I sometimes even write things I have already done on my To Do list just so that I can have the pleasure of crossing them off!

    8. Cecile Blake on

      I use the Errands app, it divides between work/home/errands and has lists you can tick off too. My handwriting is illegible ๐Ÿ™‚

    9. Mandy on

      Ha Vix, I know your lists so well. Also list obsessed, same issues with restarting if they’re not neat enough. You make me laugh ๐Ÿ™‚

    10. Madreez on

      ooo I LOVE to do lists! I would also write them down, use my phone reminders, on my ipad – in whatever form. But when I’ve written everything down I usually don’t look at it again, and only find it a few days later to find half of it done and the other half completely forgotten! Of course they go back on the list again!

    11. Christy-Anne on

      I LOVE this post! It somehow makes me feel normal that other people are as crazy about writing lists as I am!

      I have lists for everything, and each list is broken up into sub-lists with more detail….the funny thing is, too often I arrive at the shops or my destination and the list is nowhere to be found! ๐Ÿ˜› …needless to say I’ve started one on my phone now ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Great Blog – love, love!

    12. Chantal on

      I’m so glad to read that my obsessive list-making is quite “normal”. I was starting to worry that I had a problem.
      I can SO relate!!!

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