Casual Friday | Lists and Planners

Hi. I’m Katelyn. I’m addicted to lists and planners…

Yes, I’m a Type A kind of girl who takes copious notes and writes everything down. That why I love To Do lists and planners. When I was nine, my mom even caught me up past my bedtime frantically jotting stuff on sticky notes and placing them on my mirror  because I had “too much on my mind to sleep.” Weird? Yes. Sad? Probably. A testament to what was to come. Definitely.  

So what do I use for my to do lists? I think it’s important to have a system and stick with it. I found with one job that my best option was a hand-written weekly to do list on a postcard sized paper by my laptop. But I’ve reached the digital age with my personal life and Kasper Creations. I use Wunderlist for both and LOVE it! Why? Here are my top four reasons, though I could go on and on…

  1. Multiple Lists. That’s right, I can name my lists and organize my thoughts so easily. I even have a special lists for day-of-coordination tasks, what to photograph on a wedding day, what to get at the grocery store and my goals for the year. How awesome is that?!
  2. Category Folders. Yay! This seriously makes my nerdy heart happy. I think I did a little dance when I found this feature. You can create a folder and place multiple lists into it! What? Yes! I’ve got one for Kasper Creations and one for my personal life. It’s probably the closest I’m going to get to get compartmentalizing my life, and it really helps organize my thoughts.
  3. Check Off Items. You know that happy feeling you get when you strike through or check off an item from your list? You can do that with this app. Tap on the check box and it disappears from your list! But you can also click on the button at the bottom of your list to see everything you’ve completed! Pat yourself on the back and be proud.
  4. Prioritize Tasks. It’s easy to prioritize tasks on these lists. Tap the star on the right of each task to highlight the item as important. Need to put all the steps in the right order? Just hold down on one task and move it up or down on the list. It’s SO easy!

So I’ve got the to-do list side figured out for me. But I keep going back and forth on planners. In college I kept a planner to manage assignments, meetings and work. Since then, I’ve tried a few things. So far, the planner I like the most is a Midori Traveler’s Notebook (though I admit to making my own). I love how versatile they are. I can can the various inserts and even create my own. I used pre-made inserts for a calendar and notes for brainstorming. But then I created one for a wedding planning timeline, one to keep track of my clients, and one for a company budget. The problem is that I don’t use it all the time because it’s not as accessible as my phone. Probably my fault for not carrying it in my purse. 

What do you use for to do lists and planners? Any suggestions?

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