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Stop Losing Your Lists

When I was in college, the best way to get a little clarity was to ditch class, sleep in, stay in my pajamas all day, and let my brain reboot. As a working parent, I don’t get that option. The best I can do is take 10 minutes to calmly write a to-do list.
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Stop Losing Your Lists

When I was in college, the best way to get a little clarity was to ditch class, sleep in, stay in my pajamas all day, and let my brain reboot. As a working parent, I don’t get that option. The best I can do is take 10 minutes to calmly write a to-do list.

Experts agree that writing down your intentions is the best way to start making them happen, and of course, the simple act of making a list forces you to prioritize. (Is organizing that closet really as important as finally getting life insurance? Hmmm.) The only hitch I’ve had is that I wind up making my lists on whatever scrap paper I have handy. When I lose the paper, I lose the lists — and my to-dos don’t get done.

That’s why I was thrilled to discover the “List Maker” Desktop Caddy from B Designs, a husband and wife stationery company owned by Karen Battles and James Shanley (shown here on the right), that uses the centuries old technique of letterpress to create whimsical notepapers. Each Listmaker caddy includes four smart styles of lined slips, waiting for my brain dump (there’s one for phone messages, fix-it lists, notes, and grocery lists).

The Minimalist Caddy holds notes headed with the words “Want,” “Need,” “Think,” and “Eat” that Karen says is perfect for a modern sensibility.

The old-fashioned letterpress printing and vintage icons combine to make “hip lists” so I’m proud to leave these caddies out on the counter—which means I’ll stop losing my lists, and find a little sanity without taking a mental health day!