#ListersGottaList: April Wrap Up


Have I mentioned how much I love TheResetGirl for setting up the #listersgottalist challenge?

I had so much fun making the lists in April that I decided to take part this month again. But before I start on the first list for May I want to share some of my favorite lists from last month with you.





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Are you taking part in #listersgottalist? If so, please link me to your posts/instagram accounts!

How I Get Things Done

When I started using a physical planner again instead of my phone/computer at the beginning of the year, I noticed a huge increase in my productivity. Planning life digitally works for many people but I guess I’m just not one of them. I’ve always been a pen & paper person and realizing that has been a huge step towards actually getting stuff done for me!

So today I’d like to share with you how I get things done using my planner, pen and paper.

1. Make a Brain Dump

Sometimes (ok, most of the time) there’s so much on my mind that I can’t be productive. Either all of the things I should be doing are making me so anxious and overwhelmed that I can’t seem to get started or there’s simply too much other crap on my mind to focus on what’s important right now.

It helps me a lot to get it all out of my head by writing it down. So I created a Brain Dump section in my planner (it’s simply a two page spread with lots of sticky notes on it so I can reuse it) in which I just write down everything that comes to my mind: things I need or want to do, worries, random thoughts and ideas, things to remember… You can really just use any piece of paper for this, ’cause it’s going to get tossed anyway.

I do this whenever I have a lot on my mind, but at least once a week (most of the time on Sundays when I sit down to plan the next week).

2. Make a Master-To-Do-List

After I got everything out of my head and on paper I filter out all the tasks I need to do. This first to do list is usually completely unordered. I just write down all the things that need to get done, no matter if they are big, small, have a deadline or not.

If you want you can use one of my printable to do lists for this.

3. Sort, Prioritize & Plan

When I plan my week I make a to do list for the week as well as for every day. On the weekly to do list go all the tasks that I don’t have to do on a specific day as well as the things I’d just like to do that week but don’t necessarily have to. I try to sort them into categories (I put all the household tasks together, or everything I need to use the computer for, etc.).

Then I identify my top 3 tasks for each day. These are the things that definitely need to get done, on that specific day, no matter what happens. If you don’t have all that much to do you can pick 3 tasks for the whole week instead. I always make sure that I do my top 3 as soon as possible (in the morning).

4. Actually Getting Things Done

There are a gazillion tips & tricks on how to be more productive (just type in ‘productivity’ on Pinterest and see for yourself!) but the following have actually worked for me.

  • Creating (Daily) Routines / Habits

Habits are a really interesting topic on their own. If you do something every day at some point you stop thinking about it, which makes it easier to get it done. There’s no internal debate whether to do it now or later or tomorrow. If it’s a habit, you’ll just do it. I can really recommend the book ‘Better Than Before’ by Gretchen Rubin if you want to read more about forming habits and sticking to them by the way.

My most important routine is my evening routine. As soon as my daughter is in bed I take about half an hour to clean up: I do the dishes, open all the windows, put away her toys and clean the kitchen surfaces. I do this every day so it’s never a lot of work but it makes all the difference when I get up in the morning and my place is tidy.

I also try to stick to a cleaning schedule. I vacuum the floors every Wednesday and Saturday. This has become my routine, so every Wednesday (or Saturday) I know I have to vacuum. I don’t have to think about when I have last done it or whether it could wait another day. I do this with pretty much all of our household tasks. If I do something every day I don’t have to do a lot on any given day.

  • Set a Timer

Whenever I don’t feel like doing anything I set a timer for 10-15 minutes. Sometimes a task seems overwhelming and you overestimate the time it takes to get it done. It’s easier to get started when you set a timer, because you know you’ll only have to work for those 10 or 15 minutes. After that you can stop. You wouldn’t believe how much you can get done in such a short time! Sometimes I’m done with my task before the timer runs out and sometimes I just get into the flow of it and continue after the time’s up. But even if I’m not done and don’t want to go on after the alarm goes off, I still got something done during that time. And doing something for 10 minutes is better that not doing anything at all.

  • Just Do It!

Whatever you need to do takes less than two minutes? – Just do it! Don’t even write it down. Writing it down and planning when to best do it will take longer than the task itself.

  • Break Large Projects up Into Small Tasks

This works especially well if you’re like me and love to check things off of lists. If it just says ‘declutter home’ on your list, you can work all day and won’t get to check it off. But if you break it down into all the individual small tasks the decluttering includes, you’ll actually see your progress on paper. Also, it’s much easier to get started when the task is ‘clean out the junk drawer’ than when it’s ‘clean out freaking everything‘.

So, that’s how I get things done! Do you have any tips on being more productive? I’d love to hear about your routines, too!

Lists I Keep in my Planner


I probably mentioned before that I love making lists. Today I’d like to share with you what kinds of lists I keep in my planner.

To Do Lists

I have an entire to do section in my planner with multiple lists. There is a Big Bad Master List where I write down everything I need to do as it comes to mind. This list is divided into categories such as Home, Blog, Personal and some more. This is my go to list for all the other, more specific, to do lists.

I keep a list of small tasks (that take 5-10 minutes tops) for whenever I have a few minutes and a list with bigger projects for ‘days off’ (like when my kid sleeps over at the grandparents’).

I also have lists for recurring tasks (for example household chores) that need to be done daily, weekly and monthly.

Every Sunday when I plan for the next week I look at these lists and add everything that needs to get done that week into my weekly spread.

Wishlists & Gift Ideas

I find these tremendously helpful! There are usually a gazillion things I want but whenever I have a birthday coming up and people ask me what they can get me I come up with nothing. So I started to write wishlists for me and my daughter. Every time I think of something or see something that one of us would enjoy, I write it down.

Same with gift ideas for other people. I always have a hard time choosing gifts for Christmas or someone’s birthday. Throughout the year I see tons of stuff that would be the perfect gift for someone but I tend to forget these things when I’m actually out to buy something. Now I just need to look at my lists whenever I need to get someone a present!

To Read & To Watch Lists

My to read list contains the books I own and haven’t read yet (other books I want to read are on my wishlist). That way, when I want to start a new book I can see my options at one glance.

I keep a to watch list for movies and one for tv shows. There are always some movies I want to see but whenever my husband and I sit down to watch something on Netflix I can’t remember a single one. We usually don’t have all that much time to watch anything, so it’s good not to waste a lot of time deciding on a what to watch.

When we watch a tv show, I also keep a list with all the episodes so I can check off the ones we’ve already watched.

Other Lists

Apart from the above mentioned I have some more random lists. Here’s a quick overview:

  • Weight Chart
  • Things That Make me Happy
  • 101 Things in 1001 Days
  • Ideas
  • Bucket List
  • Journaling Prompts
  • Packing lists

What kinds of lists do you make? Do you keep them in your planner or somewhere else?

Link Love: Challenges (for Planner Girls, Booklovers & Journal-Writers)


I don’t know about you, but I love all kinds of challenges! I also love planning, reading and writing, so today I’d like to share with you some of the monthly challenges I’ve found for April (it’s not to late to participate!) and some other challenges about those subjects. I’m doing some of these myself๐Ÿ™‚

30 day challenges for the month of April:

Other challenges:

Are you taking part in any challenges this month or this year?

My (not so little) planner family


Today I want to introduce you to my little planner family.

I know that there are a lot of people in this community who own way more planners than I do (and I envy every single one of them) but considering that I got my first Filofax in January I think I do own a lot of them.

So – I started filofaxing (and planning in general) a good three months ago. The first planner I got was my personal Filofax Saffiano in purple.


At first I used this one as my one planner for everything but it was stuffed very soon and I decided that I needed a larger size. Right now I’m working on setting it up as my book-Filo (with reading lists, book reviews, etc.).

Next I got the large (A5) lilac Kikki K.


I used it instead of the Saffiano for a while but I was never really happy with it as my main planner. I still don’t really like the golden rings (even though they are big and can hold a whole lot of pages!) but I really love the pockets on the inside. At the moment I use it as an inspiration/art-journal. I draw in it and put things in it that I find in magazines.

My main planner at the moment is the Filofax Original A5 in Dark Aqua.


I recently made a post about my setup which you can check out HERE.


The Filofax Pennybridge pocket is my wallet. Actually I’m not sure how long she will stay with me as I’m not really happy with her… You really can’t fit much into her due to the zip. I used to have a WO2P calendar inside but had to take it out because the zip wouldn’t close anymore with everything else in it. So now she only holds my cards, my money, shopping lists and some note paper. I can’t even carry very many coins without straining the zipper:/


I absolutely adore this one though. It’s a Filofax Urban pocket. I use it as my on-the-go planner and also carry my personal money in it (my husband and I have a budget for personal purchases, so each month I get some money that is just for me and my crazy planner addiction.)

The Urban isn’t just beautiful, it’s also quite practical. It has a full width wallet pocket for banknotes and a zipper pocket on the back that opens up a little (I don’t know how to describe this better) so that more change fits inside.


This one is a pocket size no name planner that I got simply because I wanted to try out the pocket size. It’s not in use at the moment but I do kind of like it… any ideas what I could do with it?

And last but not least – my brand-new Filofax Domino Patent A5 Aubergine Spots:


I got this as a recipe binder and I think it’s perfect! The color is gorgeous, the material is pretty resistant (very good if you want to keep it in the kitchen!) and the two vertical slip pockets on the inside are great for slipping in cut-out recipes I haven’t had the time to file yet.

So, this is my current planner collection. There will be some individual setup posts soon, but today I just wanted to give you a quick overview๐Ÿ™‚

How many planners do you have and what do you use them for? If you are like me and have one or two or twelve planners that don’t have a purpose yet, head over to my post about THE USE OF MULTIPLE PLANNERS. I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration there๐Ÿ™‚