Monday, May 9, 2011

Management Monday: The to-do list!

It's time to put away that mess of a to-do list {aka 1,000 sticky notes} all over your desk.  I used to write every to-do list on a separate sticky note. After about 10 on my desk {and some stuck to my butt}, I would throw them away and forget whatever it was I had to do! Sometimes, my desk looked like this {do you see the sticky note to-do list EXPLOSION?}:


But, then....I saw this amazing post by one of my favorite bloggy gals, Katie {Persnickety Pickles}.  Basically she made the cutest to-do lists!  I loved the idea, and I had a couple things I wanted to add on my to-do list topics, so I changed it up a bit. Then, I put my to-do list on a clipboard {a cutesy one from Target in the dollar section} and I hang it up next to my desk for easy access.
I {almost} never lose my list for the week! 





Click {HERE} for the to-do list! There are 2 included, one for school and one for home!

I also think this will be GREAT  for an end of the year gift to your teammates on your grade level!

P.S. Doesn't it feel SO good to cross things off of your to-do list? Sometimes I write things I've already done, just so I can cross.it.off

  • Wake up
  • Brush Teeth
  • Laminate
  • Get reading books
  • Watch Oprah

28 comments:

Kimberly said...

I agree! There is something super rewarding about crossing things off the list (even if I had to write it down just to cross it off). Ha!
Kimberly
Funky First Grade Fun

Hadar said...

Love it!! I made a cute to-do list and laminated it so I can use it over and over {To Do List>

I TOTALLY write things down that I've already done just to cross them out! Especially easy things like "wake-up" "take a shower" hahahaha!

Ms. Durning said...

I just carry around a notebook and cross them off as I do them. I love looking back at the last 20 pages of my notebook and seeing all the cross offs :)

Ms. Draffkorn said...

Thanks for this! I love it. Can't wait to find a cute clipboard to put it on. :)

Magnificent Multiagers!

Camille said...

I am so glad to know that I am not the only person who LOVES to cross things off of my list. Sometimes I make tally marks for each item I have crossed off my list so I can see how very many things I have accomplished. Yes, I too, include things like take shower and eat breakfast ... but only on the weekends so that I have at least a few things crossed off on my lazy days.

JenniferL said...

Love it!
I have post its EVERYWHERE! Literally can't see the actual top of the desk. This will help!

Beth said...

Just last week, I made a copy of this to do list as well and I wrote change out calendar on the list. Coworker said "ooohh did you write this on here just so we can actually cross something off?" I said of course I did, we need to see that we accomplished something. Our other items are parent conferences, running records, grade book, report cards....you know those are not things that are coming off that list by the end of the day let alone week.

Have a great week!
Beth
http://primaryconnections-beth.blogspot.com/

Ms. Morgart said...

I love it! Thanks so much :)
Curls and a Smile

Dual Kinder Teacher said...

I love lists! Thanks, I'm now your newest follower :)

Mrs. Morris said...

Love it! Thank you! I am such a list person...

Shelly said...

I love your "to do list" page. I can't get to it... my school set up a firewall :(

Love your posts!!
~Shelly

Kim said...

So cute! I used to just make a mental list of things to do. But the longer I teach, the shorter my memory! Thanks for sharing!

Jenni said...

Ha! I've been known to write things down on my list that I've already done just so I can cross them off so I feel as though I've accomplished something!

Jen Kroske said...

Could you email me a copy? For some reason Scribd doesn't work on my computer? Thank you so much

jkroske@gmail.com

Katie said...

*swoon*

I <3 you.

thanks for the shout out.

Kerri and Lindsay said...
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Kerri and Lindsay said...

Ummm, I love this...Like ALOT! I can't wait to make them for my teammates, the office ladies, my daughter's teacher, my parent volunteers maybe! Oh snap! Better get over to Target and buy me some clipboards!
kerri B
teacherbitsandbobs.blogspot.com

Peterson's Primary Peeps said...

Thank you so much for this. It looks way better than all my little scrap paper everywhere.

Miss J said...

Love your todo list idea!! I always use sticky notes (love them but I always loose them :) )!!!!

Kristin and Paul Dood said...

I love your to-do list. I am a major list maker and crossing something off makes me so happy. I often rewrite my lists over and over. Thanks for sharing your file. Would you mind sending it to me via e-mail? I am having no luck with scribed. Thanks for sharing!

doodkr@northville.k12.mi.us

Nicola @ Twisty Noodle said...

Cute! I love to make lists. It makes me think of that Frog and Toad story "A List".

Jordan said...

I love your To Do List! :) As a matter of fact, your awesome blog made me want to make one of my own. It's in the super, SUPER early stages right now, but if anyone wants to check it out..... here's the link. :)

http://jordansjellybeans.blogspot.com/

Let me know what you think and if anyone has any ideas. Thanks!

Emily said...

This list is (AND YOU ARE) amazing! Could you please send it to my email because the downloading is not working for me?

mylime_88@yahoo.com

Elizabeth said...

I love this to-do page! Could you possibly email it to me? I'm having no luck with Scribd. Thanks so much!!

-Elizabeth
http://mrsfarmers2ndgrade.blogspot.com

farmermama@gmail.com

Jodi Hammond said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm striving to be more organized this year... even though I think I'm kind of organized... but you can ALWAYS be MORE organized! I'm definitely using this To-Do List. THANKS!

Jodi ~ Buffalo, NY

Rina said...

I too agree! The satisfaction that comes from a simple cross off is oh sooo good! I'm the queen of post its... I should own some stock. You would find traces of it in my home (bathroom mirror and board), classroom and car! However, I'm also big on Thinking Maps, and have to confess that not only do I use it as a teaching tool, however use it myself to stay organized. I organize my Tree Map into 3 parts to do: before school, during school, and after school. This way I can prioritize and don't have to deal with Monday madness! Some other versions incude, tree branches with: this week; weekend; next week!

Anonymous said...

Can you possibly email you To Do list to me? I am having trouble with it as well.

Andi

andrea.cohen@wayzata.k12.mn.us
Thanks!

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