Managing Life With Lists

Managing Life With Lists

Happy Friday! It seems like weeks are flying by and the only mark of progress I see is my son growing up – when his t-shirts are snug and once-too-big shoes look small. This summer has been quite eventful with mr. swytch casually mentioning that we should get basement renovated with senior mr. swytch (my father-in-law) voting for it and now I have my in-laws in my son’s room and  my husband’s office in the dining room. The basement is gutted – from ceiling to the floor and under. We managed to put ALL of the basement stuff in the garage and still having space to park our cars. Things started to get out of hand when I couldn’t find anything even when it was sitting right in front me. Information overload (IO) in my head prompted me to force myself to write into my trusty Journal which I hadn’t done in over a month.

Writing things that otherwise keep floating in the ether of neurons and then come to haunt at night are somewhat manageable when put onto a paper.

Here is what has worked for me so far:


Writing in freeform has a therapeutic effect. Start with how the day went, people that you are grateful for and then things that would make the next day better. I do force myself to write even if it’s one line (although mostly doesn’t end up with one line as planned). And why not, there is so much around us that if we don’t stop and process our thoughts, our lives turn into chaos – all stemming from the brain. Medium: Pen & Paper

Weekly Lists {HOME}

Daily lists do not work for me as I shuffle around tasks depending on the window of time I get to do something. this keeps tasks flexible as long as I can cross it off at some point during the week e.g. vacuuming, dusting or folding laundry.  Medium: Pen & Paper – Passion Planner

Daily Lists {WORK}

My work priorities can change from one hour to another depending on a higher priority ticket so I keep a running list of things to do at some point and move the tasks as necessary to the daily task list. Medium: Digital; One Note

Daily assessment 

The whole point of tasks and goals is that there is some progress. To make sure things are moving it is paramount to keep an eye on what is accomplished and what remains. Therefore, a quick look in the evenign to see what’s left. Crossing off items in a list is my high! Along with caffeine 🙂

Any lists you want to share? Have a great weekend!

11 Must-Haves Carry-On Items For Travel

backpack-2.jpgPacking could be stressful or could be simple if you know what you’d actually need and use. I have been to Melbourne, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Boston, Vegas, San Francisco and Delhi – all trips ranging from a day to a month. Some trips were stressful because I forgot to pack something and some were overwhelming because I packed too much. My 11 Must-Haves Carry-On Items for travel are the items that have been tried and tested. While a check-in bag has leeway as to how many pieces of clothing or stuff you could pack, I have learned to keep my carry-on to a bare minimum – items that I count on my hand and lay it out quickly.

For airport travels, I never carry a large handbag or a shoulder bag. I own a well-used backpack that I always reach out for – even for a one-day trip away to the mountains. It’s none other than LL Bean’s Lilly 18 backpack – now discontinued – but you can get a Stowaway Day Pack (similar) here.

One of the best thing about this backpack (other than of course the color purple) is an even distribution of weight on the shoulder. It also contains sturdier back support so even if I stuff something heavier in it, it never feels like I’m carrying a lot of weight.



Other than must-keep: passport, ticket, and wallet, depending upon the duration and mode of the trip, I make sure to keep the following

Carry-On Items

  1. Phone Charger
  2. Shawl
  3. Pen & Small Notebook
  4. Backup outfit (with socks and undergarments)
  5. Snacks (Granola + Chewing Gum)
  6. E-Reader
  7. Small Toiletry kit (toothbrush + toothpaste + face wash + moisturizer + lip balm + Sleeping Mask)
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Headphones
  10. Neck pillow
  11. Water Bottle (refill after going through security )

You might have your own specific list of items to carry. What’s your must-have list? Do you prefer carrying a large handbag?

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