commit it to paper

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I truly believe that how your week starts will set the tone for the rest of it.  If you approach your Monday with a sense of purpose and a goal of productivity, the rest of your week will follow suit and by Friday you will hopefully have time to unwind, relax and recharge.  That being said I chose today to talk about something I believe to be incredibly helpful, useful and powerful:  commit it to paper.  This may seem like a random post, but it is something I believe is important and useful for wedding planning and for life in general.  
I am a firm believer in to-do lists and I have to be honest that I usually do not share my lists with people.  I am not exactly sure why that it is, but I feel like it is a little too personal and sometimes silly for others to look at my shorthand or the things that actually land on my to-do list.  That being said, the above image is one of my actual to-do lists and the only list I have kept past its expiration date.  I usually only keep lists around on a weekly, monthly or event basis.  I kept this list because of its sentimental value and for moments like these when I can share with people and clients what it is really like to keep track of all of the things you need to do to prepare for an event as big as a wedding.  This was the list my husband and I worked from when finishing all of the things we needed to do before our wedding, it was not the first list (that one was much longer and messier) and it was not the last one (the list I kept by my bedside table the day before we left for our rehearsal reminding me of all the things I needed to pack.)  When planning any big event like a wedding, the tasks that need to be completed can seem overwhelming and sometimes the little things can get lost or forgotten.  Often when you are at the beginning of the planning process it can seem like your have ample amounts of time to complete everything.  However just as Mondays set the tone for the rest of your week, when beginning the planning process it is best to get organized and complete what you can early on to avoid feeling completely stressed in the last weeks leading up to your event or wedding.  If you need a guide of what to include on your wedding planning to do list or checklist visit this blog post for links to great resources.  
Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating a list of your own:
1. Write it down I really believe that there is a difference between writing something down on actual paper and typing it into your phone or on your computer.  In my experience, writing it down  (even the little things) means it will get done, it will not get lost or deleted and you will remember to do it once you have written it down (or maybe not but you will have it down so you can’t forget it.)
2. Keep it neat In my to-do list above I have things ordered by priority; time sensitive things and tasks that are the most time-consuming are at the top and I have tasks separated into two columns, his and hers. Once a task is completed check it off or cross it out.
3. Make it personal If you are using a standard wedding planning checklist I highly recommend re-writing it and eliminating things that don't apply to you, for example: maybe you are not hosting a post-wedding brunch, so cross it off the list.  Also, add things that are not included on the list you are using as a guide, but that you know you need to do.  Many standard lists do not include the completion of any DIY elements or the purchase of any decor, so add these things to your list if you need to do them.  Lastly, even though I mentioned to write it down the most important thing is to find a system that works best for you.  If that means recording audio messages and sending them to your self then do it!  
I hope this little bit of insight into how I stay organized inspires you to tackle some of your own to-dos.  I would love to hear how you stay organized!