Do you struggle with getting or keeping a grip on your To Do list? I used to think that my appointments, tasks, and projects all needed to be noted on my planner page for a particular day so I wouldn’t lose track of anything.  What would happen is that I would end up moving things from one day to another, and then to another, and so on and so on.  Or I kept multiple lists I couldn’t find. Now I have found a system that works for me, called the Will Do List.

I learned this from an author named Mark LeBlanc (  He advocates that you collapse your home and work To Do lists onto a single master list called a Will Do List.

He also says you need to segment it into what you will do in 30 days, 90 days, 12 months, 5 years, and 10 years. You don’t take anything off the master list until you are ready to commit to it, and once that task is completed, you record that on an Achievements page.

Mark LeBlanc and me
Mark LeBlanc and me

I’ve been playing with my Day Timer for a while now, customizing it and having some fun with other organizational aspects.  This Will Do List is a super fit for me. It keeps me aware of the big picture, which keeps me realistic.  It also prevents me from being overwhelmed by all the things I thought I had to do today, and yet, it puts enough pressure on me so that progress is made day by day. What a great confidence builder, and as a bonus, my productivity is enhanced.

What kind of organizer/planner/tracking system do you use? I’d like to hear what works for you.


  1. Vanessa vosen

    I personally use Microsoft OneNote in a very similar way that you do your Day Timer. I love that OneNote is similar to an electronic version of a notebook and that it’s accessible on multiple devices!

  2. Patricia Duggan

    Thanks for the comment. I keep trying different apps and versions of electronic options, but I just seem to like my pen and paper best. And a whiteboard; can’t do without that!

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