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Infamous To-Do Lists: What's on Yours?

Yasha Wallin

As referenced in his to-do list, every morning Benjamin Franklin started his day with the question "What good shall I do this day?" (Even better: he ended the day with "What good have I done today?") Franklin's daily to-do list is just one of many we've found that is inspiring us to think of how we structure our days, and what are priorities are, and should be. Here's what you can do: Make a daily list and stick to it—and make it meaningful, just like Ben's. In an effort to inspire others, share in the comments below what's on your to-do list.

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  • Meghan Neal

    I'd also highly recommend TuexDuex app. It's really slick and simple like a piece of paper but the tasks automatically carry over to the next day if you don't cross them off. I just started using it and am loving it so far :)

  • mlmarkel

    Thanks for posting this. I have struggled with time management and organization most of my life! I'm currently experimenting with using Evernote as a daily planner/to-do tracker. I have a template where I put all my appointments for the day at the top, the tasks I want to get done in the various life domains under that, errands that need running under that, and to-dos at the bottom.
    I just add to the note as things come to me. If it doesn't happen that day, I put the date I added it at the end of the line, then copy/paste the whole thing into a new note for the next day.
    Now I can see what I have got done (which is satisfying) by looking at the checkboxes from previous days, and I don't have to re-do my lists, or worry about losing them. I like Evernote because I can access my daily plan on my computer, ipad and iphone, so I am never without it.

    • Yasha Wallin

      Thanks for sharing this. I also carry my to-do list over from the previous day, but mine is written by hand on a piece of paper, which ends up looking like a scribbly mess after a couple of days. So I'll take a look at Evernote, and see if that helps me organize.

  • Trina Lambert

    yay. i did it! thank you GOOD.

  • Trina Lambert

    I used to be an OCD list maker, but as time moves on and technology consumes our lives, I have just stopped. We now have our iPhones, computers and applications to manage our projects, events and to-dos. This article makes me miss my good ole hand-written lists I used to make every morning when I got into work. So my goal for today, friends, is to go back to the olden days and make that list. I WILL accomplish this "To Do." :-)

    • Yasha Wallin

      Sounds like a great goal! I started my day off with a handwritten list too. So far I've gotten through a third of it. Likely it'll carry over to tomorrow, but I'm glad I have everything down there as a reminder. Let us know how you did with your list today!

  • Haley Scott

    I am a compulsive to-do list maker, but my lists are always completely focused on myself. I'm going to try to change that! I'm adding "making someone else's day a little easier" to my list today.

  • Yasha Wallin

    Today was: write something that might inspire others