Electronic or Paper To Do List

If you look back through this blog, you can find several instances where I recommended you use Trello.

Here are some examples.

There’s this one about using Trello as a solopreneur.

This one with a sneak peek of all my Trell boards.

And my most popular post of all this one, which describes how to set up an operations manual for your small business.

Fast forward to today. I have three notebooks, a stack of notecards, and a cup of colorful pens on my desk. Trello is open, but I only look at it when I need information for something I’m working on.

When I need to know what to do next, I look at my notebooks and notecards, not Trello.

So why did I give up my Trello to-do list for a mess of cards and paper?

No More Distractions

As I was using my Trello to-do list, I realized I was getting less and less done. But why?

I was getting distracted. When I have a paper to-do list, I can’t click it away to scroll through Facebook mindlessly. Okay, I can if I want to but the paper to-do list will be staring at me accusingly the entire time.

Asking me when I’m going to check off some shit and stop messing around with stuff that doesn’t bring home the bacon.

Crossing Off The Things

When I was using Trello to manage my to-do list, I simply archived a card when my I completed a task. The card magically disappeared from view into archived card purgatory.

Where is the satisfaction in that?

I want to check my task off and still be able to see it.

Sure I can go to the archived card list and check out what I’ve completed. It’s not the same as being able to see how much progress I’ve made towards finishing my to-do’s.

I Get To Buy Pretty Office Supplies

Even if I had an electronic to-do list, I would still buy all the pretty notebooks, colorful note cards, and packs of colorful pens.

Office life is B-O-R-I-N-G without pretty office supplies.

If I go to the store for a shirt chances are I’ll pick the black one. If I go to the store for pens, they will NOT be black or blue.

I don’t just want to look at these pretty office supplies nor do I want to use them just to use them. I want to REALLY use them. I want to take notes and write all the important things down. And so I am back to the paper to-do list.

I’m about 85% more productive than I was before. I’m kicking ass and taking names over here.

Tell me about your to-do list. Is it electronic or paper?


Kelli is the COO or Captain of Operations at Even Keel Ops. Her passion is helping overwhelmed entrepreneurs get their operations organized. When she’s not busy helping others unload their overwhelm you can find her on the beach with a book.
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