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Tackling the to-do list

Aug 26, 2014

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SharpieClearview http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Last week I shared a few snaps of my home workspace and blogger editorial calendar, and today I'm sharing some more shots featuring how I tame my to-do list (fully caffeinated, of course!). I picked up some Sharpies from Walgreens and used them to make my list a little less daunting, and a little more pretty.

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While I didn't necessarily mean to color coordinate my pens with my flowers, I kinda love that it happened!

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These Sharpie Clearview Highlighters are kind of genius—you can see through them to actually see what you're highlighting! This would have been perfect for beautifying my highlighting jobs on my grad school textbooks, but for now I'll just have to use them to tickle my OCD fancy.

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My to-do list for the weekend usually includes blog work and personal to-dos, but they both have to get done, so it all gets jotted down in my notebook in no particular order. To organize things a bit more visually, I used pink highlighter to mark the WTFab-related tasks, and yellow highlighter for personal errands. Nice-to-haves got a little orange asterisk next to them. 

A to-do list tip: If you aren't marking some items on your list as a "nice-to-have" for that day, I totally recommend you do! I started doing this at my last job by the suggestion of a co-worker and even though it's a small mental shift, I found it made a big difference in my productivity (or at least my perceived productivity). There are certain things that just have to get done that day. And there will always be other things that would be great to get done that day, but if you don't, the world (and your world) will keep spinning. By marking the nice-to-haves, you tackle the must-haves first that day, and if there's time left over you can move on to the rest. And if you do get to the nice-to-haves, it feels like a little bonus, so you can pat yourself on the back and have a cookie. :) 

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  1. I'm a little color-coded to-do list obsessed, as well! I buy the same kind of pen, always, in an array of colors, and use a different color each day depending on my mood/the weather/the task at hand. Sounds a little silly, but it's one of my little routines to start each day! Funny how everyone has something like that :)

    <3 dani

    1. Haha aw thanks for leaving this comment! Made me feel better about my own love for color-coding! :)