List: ATool for Brain Organization

Sometimes it seems like there is too much to get done. After a long day at work there are fuzzy memories of bills to be paid and phone calls that need to be returned (on top of all the daily tasks such as doing dishes and making dinner.) I sometimes get lost in what needs to go where and who needs to be what. …see what I mean?

This problem can be solved every time by making a list. A list is a lovely visual model of everything that needs to be accomplished, that leads to enhanced brain organization. It can be made in the form of an outline, on a handy-dandy laptop, or scribbled recklessly on the back of an envelope. I prefer to use a nice clean pad of paper and a pen.

I’ll start with what needs to be done first and work from there. If there is a limited amount of time, or I just want to be time efficient, I will allot a certain amount of time for every item .For example: “sweep–20 minutes.”

When there are a lot of tasks that need to be completed, I even include very obvious items that conventionally shouldn’t be included (like “eat breakfast.”) By crossing off items that I would have completed anyways, the momentum is going and I feel that I can tackle the entire list of chores/errands. I’ll start in the beginning of the day and work forward. Here’s a “busy-day” list example:

Make coffee—5 minutes

Clear off counter—3 minutes

Make breakfast—30 minutes

Wake up Grey

Start a load of laundry

Pray and eat breakfast—30 minutes

Get dressed—40 minutes

Go to bank—15 minutes

Post office—30 minutes

Grocery store—30 minutes

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Apples


Sweep—20 minutes

Work Out—60 minutes

Read—40 minutes

Make dinner—60 minutes

Do dishes—30 minutes

Switch laundry

Write—60 minutes 

Of course I may not stick to the timeline exactly, but it is just something to shoot for. Also, this doesn’t outline everything that occurs in the day (talking to family, spending time with Grey, watching a movie etc.) And it is not a model of everyday, it is just an example of how I make my lists when there are a lot of things to be accomplished.

Lists do not always have to be that detailed either. Sometimes after coming home from work I will get organized by jotting down a couple of errands before returning home to cook dinner. Like this:


  • PG& E
  • Greenwaste
  • City water

Go to Walgreens:

  • Put pictures in to be picked up
  • Shampoo
  • Nail Polish

The point of all this is: If you are feeling overwhelmed by a never-ending list of “to-dos” in your head…write those tasks down! Then… reward yourself by crossing them off.

Hope your day is accomplished.


Grey and Brianna


3 thoughts on “List: ATool for Brain Organization

  1. I am a list maker too! I never thought of adding a time for each of my to-dos. That is a great idea.
    My only problem with lists is that I have too many of them or I lose the important ones. I recently found Work Flowy and so far I’m kind of in love with it. It’s all my lists in one place (and every place thanks to the internet), and I can organize and reorganize them to my heart’s content.

    1. Thanks for the tip! Yeah…I am not at all organized with my lists. They are written on a day to day basis and discarded after I have exhausted the poor little wrinkled piece of paper that I shove in my pocket over and over after crossing items off. ….I Really should come up with a better system. I’ll check it out 🙂

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