The To-Do List of a Genius

The Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University

What’s on your to-do list today? Pick up groceries? Get your car washed? Go to a few meetings?  Get ready to be “one upped” by a genius.  Enter…Thomas Edison’s to-do list.

On his list of “things doing and to be done,” the 41-year-old wrote:

  • Deaf apparatus
  • Electrical piano
  • Artificial silk
  • Phonographic clock
  • Ink for Blind

Just a few things to get done before lunch…really…

This list was created around 1888 and can be seen in The Papers of Thomas A. Edison: Losses and Loyalties — the seventh volume of Rutgers University’s digitized Edison papers.

Add Edison to the long list of famous and successful list-makers like John Lennon, Johnny Cash and Ronald Reagan.  They’ve proved that keeping to-do lists will make you successful.  Keep listing!

And The Winner Is…

I’m thrilled that so many of you participated in my Pinterest “Spring Organizing” contest with  There were great entries with lots of unique and and fun pins.  But there can only be one winner…and that is: Jessica Hanby!

Jessica’s board had a mix of organization tips for almost every room in the house.  One of my favorite pins is the tip for keeping cords and cables tidy.  Just use toilet paper rolls to hold them and write on the outside what the cord is used for.  Brilliant! I also really liked the one of a the kitty cleaning…priceless!

Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to Jessica.