How to Make the Most of Your To-Do List
The Anywhere Scribbler
When a to-do comes to mind, no napkin, receipt or greeting card is safe from your graffiti. “These type of women appreciate
speed and convenience over everything else,” says professional organizer Carmen Coker, founder of clutterbugs.com. “They reach for the closest writing utensil and scrap of paper they see.” But there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage
when inspiration strikes—some of the best thoughts are written on the back of a napkin.
Make the Most of Your Method
Since it’s easy to misplace scraps of paper and end up forgetting items on your list (anyone who’s ever run back to the grocery story three times can identify), scribblers benefit most from consolidating their lists in one central place, says psychologist Piers Steel, Ph.D., author of The Procrastination Equation. For the anti-list maker, shoving those lists into an easy-to-reach place, like the zippered area of your purse or wallet, can ensure your to-dos don’t get tossed. A better bet: Create a once-a-day ritual during breakfast, before bed, or on your commute to consolidate lists into a notepad that you stash in your purse, glove compartment, or in the notes section of your phone.
So maybe you can’t change your health overnight. But you can get a head start.