📝 Productivity

3 Ways To Manage Your To-Do List

I am a productivity nerd. I love hearing about how other people stay productive and manage their to-do lists, and I can’t walk past the stationery section at Anthropologie without going googly-eyed (hello you). Aesthetics aside, getting it done is what matters.

Don't make things complicated! Here are 3 simple methods to help you stay on top of your to-do list and increase productivity! Find out the best way to use a notebook, Todoist, and the Nourish Day Planner to manage your to-do list.

You can search for the perfect calendar and read hundreds of productivity tips, but the simplest and most intuitive methods are always best. I’ve found three simple ways that help me manage my to-do list, so I thought I’d share in case you’re in need of some inspiration!


Don't make things complicated! Here are 3 simple and intuitive methods to help you stay on top of your to-do list! @todoist

Todoist is honestly the only productivity app I’ve ever stuck to because, to me, it’s perfect.

My favorite feature is the ability to schedule recurring and future tasks, like paying bills or making a dentist appointment, so that I never accidentally forget. You don’t get the satisfaction of crossing something off your list, but you do get to check a box when the task is done and it disappears. I have the premium version, but it’s only $29 for a whole year, which is a bargain if you ask me.

Here are a few of my favorite features:

  • Postpone a task until tomorrow
  • Add a due time
  • Sort tasks into categories (personal, work)
  • Set recurring tasks
  • Keep track of your completed tasks
  • Add notes to tasks
  • Sync to your calendar and email
  • View it on your phone, online, or on your desktop
Plain Ol’ Notebook

Don't make things complicated! Here are 3 simple and intuitive methods to help you stay on top of your to-do list!

This is what I use to write out every little detailed task I need to do that’s part of a larger project. I start by identify the larger project I need to work on, and then breaking it down into smaller tasks. For example:

Project: Draft Blog Post

  • Brainstorm topics
  • Write 10 headline ideas
  • Choose image
  • Decide on three main points
  • Write introduction & conclusion
  • Decide on headline
  • Edit image in Canva
  • SEO
  • Schedule post
Nourish Day Planner

Don't make things complicated! Here are 3 simple and intuitive methods to help you stay on top of your to-do list!

I’m a big believer in deciding your ‘top three’ for the day – those three tasks or projects you need to get done no matter what. Sometimes our to-do lists can go on forever, but I’ve found that you can usually group the important ones into three larger categories. I haven’t used this planner consistently, but I wanted to share because it’s so lovely and I should use it more! The best thing is that it’s free if you signup to Rachel’s newsletter. I promise it’s worth it.

Photo: Rachel Gadiel

Catherine Beard
Hi, I'm Catherine! I'm a mindset coach who helps creative overthinkers organize their thoughts, overcome their doubts, and uplevel their minds so they can stress less and take action.


  1. I love reading about how other people stay productive and organize their stuff, too :) I’m still trying to figure out what works best for me, whether that is using an app or writing in a notebook, so this is great inspiration! Will definitely check out that app.

    1. It’s so interesting to see what works for other people! My co-worker uses legal pads for her to-do lists and they are COVERED in scribbles and I don’t understand how she can read any of it, but she’s the most on-top of it person haha.

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