3 kinds of lists for your bullet journal

Do you know what I’m really excited about these days? It’s how bullet journalling has made it cool and trendy to write things down 🙂

When you write things down, it frees your mind for more big picture thinking and you don’t have to worry too much about the details because they’re written down so they’re not disappearing anywhere.

Here are 3 types of lists you could use to help manage your time effectively. You can make the lists in your bullet journal or download them from my website.

Master to-do list

1. Master list
This is a place for a “brain dump”, a place for ideas you might want to pursue in the future or possible projects you need to tackle.

You can work off one master list for months, like I do with my business or blogging ideas.

I also have a master list of things to do in the house. I write up a new list every year and I work on that list the entire year.

To-do list

2. To-do list
This list can be monthly, weekly or daily. I post a weekend to-do list to Instagram every weekend.

The difference between this list and the master list is that this one has a time deadline attached to it.

I have a monthly to-do list, which is really my monthly goals list. I keep this one with broad goals like go to the gym 8 – 12 times, a weekly to-do list with about 3-5 business tasks to get done and then my daily to-do list which spreads out those 5 tasks so that I have only 1 or so to do daily.

Sometimes 1 task is very big and takes a couple of days so I’ll leave a couple of smaller ones to do all on one day.

I want to caution you to only put a maximum of 6 items on your daily to-do list so you don’t become overwhelmed!

My checklist to live my best life

3. Checklist
This is a place with a list of items which you check/ tick off.

This list is ideal for anything you need to do regularly, like the order in which you do your photo backups, a list of weekly business tasks, travel checklist, shopping list, etc.

My favourite checklist used to be my “newsletter” checklist which walked me through a process of ensuring I repurposed every bit of the content I create. These days, the one above is my favourite checklist 🙂

Once you start using the correct list for the task at hand, you’ll be flying!

You can download a variety of lists in the free pack on my website.

Do you prefer to print out your lists or to write them into your bullet journal?

And… everybody gets planning and calendaring freebies!

Hi friends

I have three things to tell you about:

1. If you haven’t yet downloaded your Let’s Do This guide for 2017 (a super simple way to close off 2016 and start 2017 on the right foot), you can get your free copy here.

2. Then, I made an intentional calendar for 2017.

Pages: 1 2

3 quick things, one of which is the end of an era

Happy Human Rights Day!

  1. Well friends, tomorrow will be exactly 10 years since I first registered the domain takechargesolutions.org and it’s also the first time I’m not renewing that domain.

Instead I’ve bought marciafrancois.org and everything has been transferred over there.

So goodbye, old friend 🙂

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2. Many of you know that friendship is very important to me and as such, I like to be very intentional about connecting with my friends.

I wrote about how I have a friends spreadsheet here to help me get organised.

Tomorrow I’m sending out a copy of that spreadsheet to those who are on the list.

If you’d like a copy, make sure you’re signed up 🙂


3. And last but not least, I want to highlight my one organising book, Live Organised. This is a very practical guide to getting and staying organised, and because we’ve been messing around with all the website pages, it’s now only $5. Boom 🙂

Get yourself a copy and be spurred into action. Thank you for your support.

What are you doing this Human Rights Day?

PS We’ve been grocery shopping, done cleaning, prepared our books for the Se7en library project, and I’ve done the budget while the kids coloured/ did wordsearch, etc.

3 different versions of end-of-year reviews and new year planning

I like to keep things simple but I also like to do things thoroughly, so I tend to take bits here and there, and piece together my own version for whatever I need.

For the last couple of years, I’ve taken 3 different systems and worked through all of them.

Let it never be said I don’t take my goal-setting process seriously 🙂

  1. Let’s Do This guide

This one is mine and I featured it on Monday. Get it for free here.

If you don’t really like goals, intentions and so on, this is the simplest one I’ve found 🙂 If you do no other review, please do this one.

2. Unravelling the year ahead 2016

This one is by Susannah Conway. 33 pages of comprehensive reviewing of the year behind and unravelling the year ahead.

I take this one to a coffee shop (by myself!) and complete it the old-fashioned way, with a gel pen.

She also has a calendar at the post I linked to, and a free “find your one word” course if you don’t know how to choose your word.

3. Amazing Life Workbook

This one is not a freebie and in fact, that is my affiliate link and I will earn a commission if you purchase yours through this site (thanks for your support). I use this one for my comprehensive planning.

Can I tell you a secret? Most years I fill the thing in in Dec/ Jan and leave it doing nothing for 3 months, when I check in for quarterly planning. Even just doing that is so worthwhile because you’ve set your goals for each area of your life properly and become intentional about your year ahead.

Gentle reminder – Leonie is into things like oracle readings but I just pull out those pages (I think there are only 2 pages I pull out every year but since I haven’t started mine yet, I can’t say for sure) and I’m good to go.


The one thing all 3 of us agree about is this:

You have to properly review and look back on the current year before you can embrace the year ahead.

Have you done your 2015 review yet?

Free 2016 goals pack

It’s that time of the year (my favourite time!) when we talk goals, intentions, word of the year and other such good things.

I’ve updated my goals pack and it will be sent to you automatically when you sign up to my new mailing list.


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I like to print it in booklet form – it saves paper and is cuter 🙂

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If you haven’t yet signed up, what are you waiting for?

The best thing about this is the 2015 review because you can’t move forward til you take stock…

Share this blog link with a friend and make a date to virtually work on them together.

PS for much more detailed how-to on goals, you have 4 days left to grab my goals products before I close the store. Here you go – discount code CLOSINGDOWN gets you 50% off.

{Free printable} 2015 organising plan

Are you ready to do some light planning?

I’m a big fan of setting very realistic expectations rather than be disappointed by a big list.

Baby steps work!

I made a form for us all to plan our organising projects for the year. You’ll get it immediately together with your time management pack when you sign up for the mailing list right here.

How I’m using it:

  1. When I do my monthly goals planning at the beginning of the month, I simply add a few (three) organising projects to this list.
  2. For this month, these are bigger projects than I’d normally add to my list (I prefer to add projects only I need to do) but it is the beginning of the year so it’s time.
  3. After January, I’ll simply do one project every weekend with one weekend to rest 🙂

January’s a good time to:

  1. Back up your computer
  2. Take the photos off your iphone
  3. Set some intentions or goals for the year
  4. Declutter your kids’ toys
  5. Go through your clothes
  6. Set up a menu plan system for the year

What’s on your list for January?

Free Printable – Christmas planner

I’m sending out this month’s printable in 30 minutes but don’t worry, even if you subscribe a little late, it will be included with your welcome pack for the next month.

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Christmas in Africa 🙂

We’re early with this one purely because I think the earlier you start, the better off you will be.

With Christmas, of course.

When you download it, please remember…

Just because someone creates a printable doesn’t mean you have to use all of it, or even any of it.

I don’t want you to feel any pressure. Okay?

Now, please tell me the ONE main thing you want from Christmas this year.

{31 days of enough time} Weekly planning

There’s nothing better than the feeling of having a clear, worry-free mind.

Mental clutter is heavy!

For me, a big contributor to not having a lot on my mind is getting things down in one place.

That means writing down my monthly goals and then, the secret to my success, using my weekly planning system.

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Click the picture to download your free weekly and monthly goals planner

It’s the best thing – it feels like there’s more time because there is – a whole week to get things done.

If I feel like I want to do nothing on 2 – 3 days, that’s fine, I have 4 – 5 more 🙂

Some things that work for me:

  1. I use a form of Eat the Frog with my weekly planning too. I put my “heaviest”, most important tasks at the beginning of the week which is why, if any of my friends are reading, I almost never agree to do anything fun on a Monday or Tuesday. Those days are for “heavy lifting”.
  2. I plan things throughout the week so that each day feels light and I never feel burdened or overwhelmed.
  3. I always plan fun things too, like playing with photos.
  4. I don’t make a huge list – I try not to have more than 10 things total, for both business and personal. That’s a comfortable number for me most weeks.

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Do you do any weekly planning?

Tell me about your system, otherwise do try some weekly planning next week and let me know how you like it. It might not work for you and that is A-okay – I’m not a one size fits all coach 🙂

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{31 days of enough time} Reality

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{31 days of enough time} One of the worst uses of time…

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