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What are we to do about Orchestra to-do app?

The app will be shutting down today at noon Pacific time.

The app will be shutting down today at noon Pacific time.

Sorry, loyal Orchestra users, the to-do app will be officially shutting down tomorrow at noon Pacific time. I know I turned many of you on to the app and now we are left in limbo.

A note from the company stated: “After tomorrow afternoon, all cloud services including sync, task delegation, access to the web app and customer support will be unavailable.”
What is a list maker to do when their favorite to-do app shuts down? Just in time to get you organized for the weekend, here’s a short list of my favorite to-do apps (in no particular order):

Making Your To-Do List “Stick”


Grocery List
Sunday is my day for catching up on things I missed during the week, getting a head start on tasks for the week ahead, and getting to zero inbox

With a limited number of hours in the day, there is only so much that can be accomplished. I’m someone who hates to go to bed with a task left unfinished, but sometimes with a big empty Sunday ahead of me I can get a little ambitious. I’ve found though that if you set yourself up for small wins by limiting your to-do list you’ll feel more accomplished at the end of the day. It’s much easier to get 3 things done than 30. It’s just simple math – and I’m terrible at math but trust me, it’s true!

This method can be used to increase productivity at work, plan social events, and even limit overspending at the grocery store!

Not convinced? Here’s a list of reasons to limit your to-do list to a post-it: Read more

Find the Best Way to Keep Your Lists

 

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Sometimes the hardest part about list making is deciding where to keep your lists. It can be handy to use an app on your phone, or a program like Evernote, where you can access your lists anywhere, anytime online. Using paper has its benefits, too — every finished task comes with the
satisfaction of crossing the item off your list.  Read more

A Summer To-Do List

Get ready for vacations, home improvements and lots and lots of parties. These are all part of summer for most of us. A new season – a new to-do list. Summer is sacred – make the most of it with a well planned out list.

Whether you want to plant a garden or read Fifty Shades of Grey (this should already be crossed off your to-do list as far as I’m concerned – it’s fabulous) or even trying something like this san diego whale watching – this summer making a list can help you spring into action. Setting an intention, whether big or small, aids in reaching your goal. As my girl Oprah always says – “You Become What You Believe.” This goes for summer to-do lists too. Here’s a look at mine so far:

1. Go to Paris (we are visiting friends there in July! Can’t wait! Planning list post coming…)

2. Have a picnic

3. Clean out my closet

4. Clean out my home office drawers and bookshelf

5. Read Wild, No Reservations, On the Island, The House at Riverton

6. Plan beach vacation for November

7. Go wine tasting

I’ll keep adding as the months pass but so far I’m off to a good start. What’s on your summer to-do list?

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The Power of Lists

When you put a task down on paper – you set the intention to reach that goal. No matter if we’re talking about doing the best job at work or at home — lists will help you be more successful.  From grocery shopping, planning events, keeping track of your projects or going on vacation — a well-organized list will help you do more.

 

Recently I was asked to give some list-making tips and tricks on “The Joyful Organizer” Internet radio show.

Listen to internet radio with The Joyful Organizer on Blog Talk Radio

Take a listen — we cover these topics and more:

  • Strategies for staying on task during the day
  • Preparing for meetings and presentations
  • Why lists work for almost any task
  • My favorite kinds of lists
  • Tips for non-list makers
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