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Do you suffer from to do list block? Mine’s critical!

This is my to do list – see…..

I had one of those weeks again – manic seems to be an understatement. And I am sure I wasn’t the only one.

We have all heard of writers block, there is blogging block too apparently, and I am pretty sure I shall experience that sometime soon.  But I just invented a new one…

To Do List Block

I know I have to write one, and I know that there is a lot that needs doing to get this reward charts business launched, but it just scares me to write it all down.

So, do you know what I am going to do, what any sane, well balanced, working mum in my shoes would do?

Run away.

Does anyone else suffer from this new affliction?  If so, do please let me know.  And how have you overcome it?  I shall be telling you all how I managed to later in the week….

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Karan Nayak

Saturday 16th of April 2016

This is a very nice article and thanks for sharing your valuable article.


Tuesday 26th of January 2016

I have my todo lists. I've been using Everynote to help me manage it. There's a checkbox icon you can add to a list. This really helps me get through the list.

Helen Lindop

Tuesday 7th of February 2012

Here's what works best for me (not all the time, but I can't face a normal to do list, so some of the time is better than none!)...I have a 'project list' for each project e.g. Business Plus Baby is one, household stuff (making dentist appointments, doing grocery shop)is another, my new biz ( one more and Christmas has a list of its own. Each time I think of something I have to do, I put it on the relevant project list. Then each day I pick the most important 5 things off the lists (that's 5 in total, not per list!) and put them on my daily list. The idea is that I actually get to the end of my daily list each day and I prioritise what I'm doing. And I don't get overwhelmed by a to do list long enough to fit on a loo roll!

Siobhan Robertson

Wednesday 8th of February 2012

My lists are similar to Helens though the picking 5 tasks from them all for a daily list is a good idea that i'm going to try!

If you're struggling to get started with writing any lists you could try buying a nice new book or folder for lists. Oh and a new pen :) New stationary always gets me writing!

Helen Neale

Tuesday 7th of February 2012

Great ideas, Helen. Thanks so much :-) I think I may have to adopt the "project list" strategy, perhaps with my KiddyCharts hat, household hat, and NelsonHall (other job) hat. Not quite thinking about Xmas yet!


Monday 6th of February 2012

Write down some things you've already done as well, then you can cross them straight off, and the list doesn't look as bad! That's what I do. :)

Helen Neale

Monday 6th of February 2012

That's a great Idea, Anna - that will definitely make me feel better!

Catherine Kelly

Monday 6th of February 2012

My block is that when I'm unable to write things down (i.e. whilst driving, or struggling with no hands free at school gate, etc.) I invariably remember loads of the things I need to put on my to do list. Clearly by the time I come to my pad & pen to write them all down, I've forgotten pretty much all of them! I found one of those little tape recorder things in a charity shop for a few pounds, bought it with a view to keeping on me for all those times - and guess what - I haven't got round to taking it out of the box, checking the batteries and getting going with it yet! ;-)

Helen Neale

Monday 6th of February 2012

;-) So with you there too - I forget what I am supposed to be doing in the space between getting in the car to get the kids and getting home when I have access to a pen!

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