Find Time to Remember to Use Your To Do List-Just Ask Paula!

Finding time for dialogue with members of the Finding Time community is one of my favorite things! We invite readers’ questions and comments – and I love highlighting them here, most Thursday’s. Read on – and please feel free to join in!

John Fieglein from Annapolis, Maryland, writes:

Dear Paula,

When you write and talk about communicating time boundaries, one of the suggestions I like best is the use of the scarf on the door to remind people that you want to work undisturbed. Can you suggest a similar structure that would remind me to look at my To Do List?

Dear John,

Your question reminds me of how important it is to communicate, not just with others, but with ourselves!  And yes – no matter how good our lists and systems may be, if we don’t remember to use them, they can’t really help!

There are a number of great ways to give yourself helpful reminders about your To Do List. One is to put a sticky note with the word “lists” printed on it in a place where you are sure to see it.

For example, if you want to review your list at night, perhaps you can put your sticky note on the mirror in the bathroom. This way, you will see it when you brush your teeth! Or, if you want to review your list in the morning, you might put your sticky note next to your coffee pot, your tea kettle, or on your orange juice container in your refrigerator.

Here are two other things to consider …

  • A bright color like fuchsia or fluorescent yellow helps the note stand out.
  • If you leave your reminder too long in the same place, it may just become “part of the landscape” – so be flexible and move it around if need be.

You can adapt this idea to whatever best fits your personal routine.  Play with it and find what works best for you.  And please let me know what you decide to do and how it works – I’d love to hear – and to share with other readers who have asked similar questions.

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