Friday, 7 February 2014

Did I Tell You How Much I Love LISTS? - Housework / Funwork 6


Yes I think I might just have mentioned it.



Well today I think I need to start with some basic lists as I have been using these regularly trying to get into a habit of doing things on a Daily, Weekly & Monthly basis since last year.



Only problem is it still isn't a habit  -  because I am too much of a procrastinator.


So let's look at these 3 lists. 
  
Mine will be similar to yours but obviously not exactly the same.




My Daily List has 9 items but I probably have forgotten something from this one (and the other two lists).


This is only a graphic I made to illustrate the Daily ToDo list, I do not work from this type of list but instead I use an app on my iPad called THINGS   This is not a free app unfortunately, I do try to get free apps whenever possible but unfortunately not this time.

When I got my iPad 3 or 4 years ago, my husband insisted I download this app as he had heard about it and how good it was and he knew that I would want an app to cope with all my lists  (you see here is proof yet again that I have been making lists for a very long time) and all the reminders and all the scheduling I would want to do around different projects. 
      
Anyway  THINGS  is a great app and even when they had a hiccup over an update that did a few strange things to my repeating tasks timetabling and I had to use 12 months as a time period instead of 1 year; I could not find any other app to replace this.

So each day I have my list of things which will come up on my screen and some are due that day, some have a due date coming up very soon and some have not got an exact due date but are there so that if I have time & feel like doing them I can.  They are tagged and in categories like daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, someday, next and scheduled also housework, organising life, inbox and then there is a part for projects.                                                                                  
It is not cheap £13.99 but at the same time it is not as expensive as some of the other apps which claim to be better than it.  Click on the icon if you want to know more about the app.


My tasks are in alphabetical order within my lists here but you may want to order your tasks as you want to proceed through them or by the amount of time they will take or by importance or indeed by urgency.


When you see housework in my daily list it refers to the part of the housework or organising from my Overhaul & Inventory plans that I want to do that day.
  




My Weekly List has 13 items.

These items will appear in my list in THINGS on different days in the week depending on which days I have chosen to tackle them.  Some of them will have to be done on particular days (like leaving out the bins) but others will just have to be completed by the end of the week perhaps.
Some of the items (like SS Materials) may be done over 2 days depending on the amount of work it entails that week.

This list includes items that I always want to put off to another time like the paperwork and ironing etc. so I need to get better at completing this each week.



My Monthly List has only 8 items and this one has to be spaced out over the weeks of each month and that is how these items will appear for me on my THINGS app.  

The Master Bedroom Tidy Up refers to a decent bit of time to be allocated to tackling the mess that will inevitably start to appear in the bedroom as the days and weeks go on.  But once a month should be fine for keeping that in check, especially now that the overhaul of the bedroom has been done and the inventory.



I also have a Monthly Goals List which can be seen here


I am joining with some others to do our goals for each month and then see how well we have done at the end of the month.  I'm not using anything other than my blog post for this list.



I am sort of working on a Yearly Wish List but not too seriously yet.
There are quite a few bloggers who are doing a special list for this year as "20 things for 2014" and I have thought of 10 at the moment so might join in there in a week or so. 


REMEMBER:    Your List whether daily, weekly, monthly or yearly or any other one you plan to have can be handwritten in your notebook, or typed and placed in your file binder, or typed into your phone or tablet.  It can be plain or it can be pretty, whatever suits for you.


NEW MONTH - FEBRUARY

I did not get off to a great start this week (even though it was the first week of the month and I should have been enthusiastic about getting to my lists and seeing progress on the Kitchen Overhaul and Inventory) but my sister and her husband came to visit from Mon to Wed.   Yesterday I worked on the organising list part of it all and today as this post goes online I will be in the kitchen starting to clean a few cupboards and listing items into the kitchen inventory.

The Kitchen work will be spread over the whole month but there are still other things to have done this week.
Checking the Housework and Organising Schedule we see for February




Week 1 included 
Cleaning the bathroom
         which was done ok because that is always done if we are having guests
Utility floor and window  
         which was NOT done because of being busy with guests at the start of the week
Electricity 
         was checked and still enough paid to take us to near the end of the month so a note in  THINGS
will remind me to do that in the third week.

So not too bad considering the visitors for 3 days and of course there was a bedroom to be tidied and an ensuite cleaned for them.

On a bright note to finish I am so happy with my Ensuite Overhaul as it is still looking great from last month, my husband has been very good and not messed it up and so have I.
So I'll just pop a pic in here for you.



Well are you considering the lists and the overhauls and the inventories to help you get on with the housework but not be overwhelmed so that you might have a chance to quite enjoy it?

I have finished this week again with a smile on my face and feeling contented so on the way to the funwork ok.



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38 comments:

  1. Hi there Sandra! I'm visiting from SITS and working hard on my goals this year too. I've linked up with some bloggers to help support each other to stay motivated to achieve our goals. These are my Feb goals and the link up if you'd like to add your post.

    http://momssmallvictories.com/february-2014-personal-goals-2014goals/

    I love to do lists. I made a weekly planner that I use to track my to do list.I love finding free apps too to help me stay on track. Thanks for sharing!

    Nice to meet you! Hope you will stop by my blog and good luck with your to do list.

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    1. Hi there, it was actually your site that I had put my Goals for February (mentioned above) on, I was no. 17 and I am looking forward to posting for March later too.

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  2. Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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  3. I never seem to get all the things done, wonder if list making could help me.

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    1. yes I'm sure it would, even if it were only to give you the excuse for a break with a tea or coffee.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by the Pintastic Party and contributing your article! This is a great idea for organizing a hectic life!!

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  5. I am stopping by from the Wednesday round up! I am a huge list maker and have been doing a series on the different lists I have for cleaning and what not! :)

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    1. Thanks for dropping in Kate and I'm off to investigate your blog too.

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  6. I try my best to get up in the morning and write down my to-do list. It changes daily and even weekly. I've been working to get my son and husband more involved with the housework and my girls sleep schedules are sometimes prohibitive of what I can do on a daily basis. I love lists though. Right now, I just use GTasks which links up with my Google Task list. It works for me, except it doesn't do much for repeating tasks. Thanks for linking up with Turn it Up Tuesdays!

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    1. Hi April, yes I know what you mean, it is hard at the different seasons of our lives, so just do what you can, when you can. Repeating tasks are a life saver for me, being easily distracted I need them to be glaring at me on the different days.

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  7. I love lists too! Love all of your goals! Thanks for sharing at Whatever Wednesday on Thank You Honey! Hope you have a fabulous week!

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    1. Hi Sarah, thank you for the encouragement.

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  8. Thanks for sharing your lists. They are a great inspiration!
    Lists, how I love my lists! I am not superb about follow through, so I am working on that. I have found for me there is a big difference between making lists and setting goals.

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    1. Exactly Kim, I make loads of lists and some are followed regularly and faithfully but others hardly see the light of day, whereas my monthly goals are on the blog so that it keeps me more accountable. Thanks for dropping in.

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  9. I am not a list maker but do have bits of paper reminding me of various things. Thanks for posting this week at the #WWDParty.

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  10. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only procrastinating list maker. I have just started to add a goal to my daily list. I have found that by adding one small goal to my daily list i am able to actually knock out some of my goals on my big goal list. Thanks for sharing as Weekend Wind Down

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    1. Natasha I think you are definitely on to something there but I think I would have to consider it on a weekly basis as I am toooooo much of a procrastinator to ever hope to do them daily. Thanks for dropping in.

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  11. Lists keep me on task. Bible is my first, then exercise. I find the rest of the day falls into place nicely if I stick to the first two items on my "to do" list.

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    1. Oh Pam I agree about the Bible being the first in the list and really should have the exercise second but I'm so bad at sticking to that one.

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  12. Very creative post for L ~ love lists too, especially when they are completed ^_^

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Have to agree completely there Carol, completed is so satisfying.

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  13. I'm a list girl too. I list everything. Checklist's when going away... chore lists, groceries... you name it! :-)

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    1. Yes lists for everythings. Just about to start a travel list for our holiday in 2 weeks time. Enjoy making the list but hate the actual packing.

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  14. I love lists also. I have lists for everything! Nice knowing I'm not the only one...

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    1. Oh you are definitely not the only one, I think there are plenty of us lady listees but where are the men?

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  15. I like a good list, myself. In fact, I was just about to start making one...

    =)

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    1. Now Susan I hope you made it and then I hope it is all ticked off already.

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  16. I think if we're truthful we could all use lists. And probably do in one way or another. If only in our little brains.
    I know I am much more productive and I don't forget things when I use a list.
    Thanks for sharing this great post.

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    1. Exactly it does help us not to be forgetful unless we forget where we put the list and I did just that the other day and forgot something important.

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  17. I have my post it note system, but do it a day at a time. Either the night before or in the morning I jot down things I want to do that day.

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    1. Oh I love post its, in fact I was just thinking the other day that I should do a blog post on post-its.

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  18. I love making lists more than I like completing what is on the list - may be I need an App that sings a joyous hallelujah every time I've done the ironing or any of those other tasks that just seem to pile up at my place!
    A good L for Alphabe Thursday!
    Wren x

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    1. Let me know when you find that app because I would be one of the first to get it - a good hallelujah would cheer me up each time.

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  19. You are very organized!
    I have a day planner which opens up to show a week at a time. I write my lists there. If I'm planning something big, such as the dinner party this coming weekend, I get out a legal pad and write lists organized by topic there.

    I like Wren's idea of an app showing appreciation for a task accomplished!

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    1. Oh pads of paper are still one of my favourite things even though I have list apps on the ipad.

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  20. I love lists, too!

    Getting ready for a big trip and I have so many lists!

    I always feel happy when I cross everything off of one entirely!

    Thanks for linking for the letter L.

    A+

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