Etsy Inspiration: To-Do Lists

July 16, 2014

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 [#GSD notepad- adorable & funny at the same time, via All Things Pretty]

Michelle Lea Designs

[Things to Do- via Michelle Lea Designs]


 [Handlettered “goals” notepad via Joyful Papery]


I’m moving in less than a week, can you believe it?

The only way I’ve managed to stay somewhat sane is to have a to-do list for everything. The only problem is that I seem to be adding more to the list faster than I can check things off!

You know the saying “when it rains, it pours“? I’ve found myself saying that more than anticipated lately. When this happens I immediately take a deep breath and say “this too shall pass” and remind myself that it could be worse.

I got pounded with paperwork and other things to do yesterday afternoon, most of which had to be done rather quickly. I was trying to get through as much as I could while chatting with Bluehost support to figure out why on Earth the server for my blog has been going down so much lately.

I was stressed, but in a different way than I’m used to. When I was in school, I always felt like everything was in my control (to a certain extent). If I wanted really good grades, I had to earn them and put in the effort. I was given a syllabus at the beginning of the semester, and for the most part I always knew what was coming up next.

But we all know there is no syllabus for your path in life! When life throws you lemons (and you have those days that you feel completely out of control), it can really throw you off path.

I’m not a fan of clutter and disorganization, which are two necessary evils during the moving process (no matter how hard you try to stop them). To prevent a meltdown, I always write down what I have to do. I make lists on my phone for the grocery store or target because I know I will have it when I’m out and about. When it comes to things I need to do around the house or errands to run, I have to physically write it down on paper and cross it off. If you’ve ever moved you know how the little things can add up very quickly.

Normally I do this on the first post-it note I see, but lately my “to-do” lists are far too long to fit on those. I saw some of these cute notepads on Etsy and I could really use one right about now!




  • Amy @ Long Drive Journey

    I love to-do lists for this very reason. They help me quantify the “omgicantgetallofthisdone” feeling, and they show me that I actually CAN get stuff done. Plus, crossing something off the list may be the single best feeling known the man.

    Good luck with the packing!

    • Kathryn

      Isn’t that the best feeling when you cross so many things off? It gives me such an ego boost! :)

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    Those to-do lists are adorable! I love writing lists. I feel like it keeps me sane AND it’s satisfying when I get to check something off!

    • Kathryn

      Exactly! My lists are probably pointless because I always end up adding new things and re-writing my list, but there’s something about physically crossing it off that I need for my mental sanity!

  • Erica

    I absolutely love making a list and checking it off. Lately I’ve had too many lists. I need to consolidate them to help from feeling stressed!

    I tried to make electronic lists, but I keep going back to pen and paper. I’m always looking for cute notepads for my lists and love these options!

  • Michelle @ Michelle Lea Designs

    Thank you so much for including my Things to Do Notepad. I just came across this and am so honored! Hope you are having an awesome fall.

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