This is my journey through the 30 Day Simplify Your Life challenge. If you would like to join in, you can get the ebook here and follow along.
The official Youtube video for “To Do list” week, by muchelleb.
I am working through the challenge in an order that suits me best, instead of directly following the set challenge order. Feel free to do the same!
Day 12: Simplify your to do list
Day 12 in the official challenge is actually ‘decor‘ but this was my day 6. So today we are covering what is officially Day 26 of the challenge: “Simplify your to do list”. This is a continuation of the mental decluttering phase of the challenge.
If you read last week’s blog, you’ll know to be very excited for this one. If you haven’t read it yet, you should probably take a second to do so or this may not make a whole lot of sense.
This challenge was all about setting up a structure for your daily to do lists that will help you gradually tick off the items on your big brain dump list from the last challenge.
So the first part of the challenge was to find a place to write your lists. This could be a notebook or an app or even a whiteboard or sticky note. Find something that works for you and try not to get too caught up in finding the perfect thing. You can always change later.
I chose my bullet journal. I have been bullet journalling for a couple of years now and it is my favourite system for keeping everything in one place, in a simple way.
The next step was to write your to do list for the day, but keep it short and simple and very specific. But this is where, once again, I deviated a bit. Instead of writing the to do list for one day, I referred back to my list of priority items that I made during the brain dump challenge. I created a spread in my bullet journal for every day of my Christmas break and allocated different items on that priority list to each day based on how much time each item would take and any other commitments or events I already had on those days.
I started off by writing down the events already booked for each day, followed by the major priority item to do in that day. For example:
Saturday: Wedding, Gift Registry
Monday: NYE, Table DIY
This left enough space for me to then extend the list into the smaller items I would have to do each day and I typically added these items on the day. This would include emails to send, things to buy and other little errands here and there.
I found this method incredibly helpful to make the most of my time off; it allowed me to complete everything I wanted to complete and still allowed enough time to take a breath before the new year.
I used to love planning uni semesters in this way when I was a uni student but it doesn’t quite work for me any more, although this system for to dos (Event, major to do, smaller errands) is one I use fairly regularly and find quite useful. I need to get back into writing these lists; lists really are great.
Another satisfying challenge. Thankyou to everyone who is still following along!
~ Alice Maisie