tasks

to do lists at your fingertips

Our daily tasks are just as important to order and simplify as the physical objects in our homes and workspaces. While we are still huge fans of printed calendars and lists, it seems that we are quicker to turn to our smartphones to make lists or calendar appointments as we go throughout the day. What does this mean? 

We are all busy people- whether you are juggling kids, freelance work, creative ideas, or diverse clients, we can sometimes get lost in our devices, calendars and apps that are supposed to help us live simply. 

I've tried a few different methods of list making and a few apps created specifically for task organization. By far, the one I would jump to recommend to my mom, my roommates and my coworkers is Todoist

Why it might be a good tool for you:

  • It allows you to streamline all of your lists into one location. When you add an item on your phone, (as long as you have internet) it will sync to your computer or tablet. This eliminates redundant list making and saves you time from transferring things from one device to the other. 
  • You can actually attach a "priority" to the item you are adding to your to do list. This creates an order of importance among your list, helping you remember what the most important and potentially urgent items are. 
  • The feature of "assigning a task to someone" is extremely helpful for a team working towards a common goal. It streamlines the communication process, allowing the app to serve as the mouthpiece and explanation of a task as well as a calendar with a due date. It could increase your productivity as a group or team as it cuts out the email or phone call in between. 
  • Using the Todoist list for your tasks and daily duties, will create simplicity and space in your calendar. Instead of plugging everything you need to do in a day, into your phone calendar, causing it to look overwhelming and full to the brim- put your tasks in the Todoist list and enjoy the satisfaction of checking tasks off one by one. 
  • The list stays up to date. It will show you the current day, or the upcoming 7 days. This serves as a form of auto clean up and fresh start for each day. If items don't get completed "today", you can simply click and add it to tomorrows list. 
  • Todoist offers integration with over 50 other softwares and programs that will increase your ability to share and upload images or documents from other locations on your phone or computer. 
Follow @todoistofficial on Instagram. 

Follow @todoistofficial on Instagram. 

Follow  @todoistofficial  on Instagram. 

Follow @todoistofficial on Instagram. 

Check out why Hannah loves Todoist on a professional and personal level. 

Recently, I've been using my Todoist app like crazy in order to stay organized and up to date on tasks leading up to our Fall Flea @ The Hive. Is this event on your calendar? We'd love to see you there! Add it to your calendar today- Friday, November 4 from 8 am to 2 pm and Saturday, November 5 from 8 am to 2 pm. #HYDFallFlea 

 

 

Decluttering: Start with the easy things

drawer before
drawer after

Often the task of decluttering is overwhelming. Here are a few practical ways to get started.

1. Start with the things that don't feel complicated. Look for the visible things that you don't feel attached to, the stacks of newspapers, the trinkets in the your bedside table, obvious trash, spare change, the things that are lying around the house that get left out or shoved in drawers because they don't have a designated place.

2. Go through each room looking for the items that you don't have to spend too much time thinking about. Throw away/recycle anything that is obviously trash. Toss anything you can easily part with (that isn't trash) into a laundry basket or a box to donate. The point is to scan you home for the things that you don't know why you haven't gotten rid of yet.

3. For the places that you can quickly purge, try containing like items in small trays or use drawer inserts/dividers to make things easier to locate.

Having trouble getting started? Here is a list of items that are easy to purge or make a permanent home for:

-spare change

-coupons

-your least favorite coffee mugs

-relevant flyers or invitations

-mismatched or unused hangers

-papers to file

-old makeup

-bills to pay

-office supplies

-batteries

-take out utensils

-all the freebee's (that you've never used) that came free with another purchase