Creating a Master To-Do List

Posted By on September 5, 2008

Welcome to my blog! This blog will focus on organizing, time management, productivity, life management and pretty much anything else I come up with. I want you to live your best life and make more room in your house, your office, and your head. I have a ton of fabulous resources at my fingertips, and I’ll use them to bring you the best tips and advice.

Let’s get started with some goal-setting. In May, I turned 40. After hyperventilating for 15 minutes and eating some chocolate, I did what I did when I turned 30 – I made a Master To-Do List for the next decade. My list includes places I want to travel to and things I want to do. A couple examples on my updated list: — travel to Ireland; spend more quality time with my nieces and nephews; start this blog (check!), and buy a house. Basically, it’s a list of my passions and dreams, and it gives me purpose. When I have one of those days when I wonder what the meaning of life is or want to eat my body weight in ice cream, I look at my list and remind myself of where I want to be.

With the list I had during my thirties, it was nice to check off my accomplishments each year. One of the biggest goals I accomplished during that time was finding my birth parents, something that has only enriched my life. I usually checked the list twice a year – around my birthday and New Year’s, and it’s easier to make life-altering decisions when you’ve already decided on your goals. By regularly checking your Master To-Do List, you can track your progress and make decisions about where to spend your time, money and energy.

So what would you put on your Master To-Do List? Where would you like to go? What do you want to do, learn, or buy? This is your chance to put those dreams on paper and make them come true.

Happy Organizing!



8 Responses to “Creating a Master To-Do List”

  1. Rose Ryans says:

    Hi! You were a speaker at the Houston Public Library Staff Development Day program. I have to let you know how awesome you are. You have an amazing talent and I really look forward to utilizing the tips and advice given at your presentation.

  2. Jamiesue says:

    Luv ya, girl. I’m glad you survived Ike with your sense of humor intact. You goal of buying a house…maybe you can get a fixer-upper in Galveston for a deal now. Hope we can do the tour next year…

  3. Kimberly says:

    I feel excited and panicked at the same time now. I think it’s a good thing. We should do this together at our next meeting!

    Also…your blog is AWESOME!! I can’t wait to read what else you post.

  4. Kim Stillman says:

    I think I will take advantage of my upcoming LONG plane ride to start writing out my Master To-Do list. I am already composing in my head. #1. Adopt a baby (or two) and make you an Auntie again. :-) I am SO excited! Love you!

  5. Kimberly F. says:

    I am sooo happy for you. This is great. I can’t wait to read more.

  6. Darcy De Leon says:

    Janice, Awesome blog!

  7. Marla says:

    Love it! Can’t wait to receive regular blogs from you! Congrats on getting this checked off your list! See you in Ireland!!

  8. ellen says:

    you are the BEST! congrats on this accomplishment!