• Eliza Ellis

How To Tackle that Massive To-Do List

I used to almost start hyperventilating whenever I thought about my to-do list.

I'd dutifully write one to 'organize' myself, but when it came to using it... well, I'd pull it out and have a look... then just keep on looking, wondering where on earth to start.

Not only was it overwhelming, it was massive - often running to three or four pages, and the only thing it ever ended up helping with, was giving me a ginormous guilt trip!

Sound familiar?

It can be so hard to get a handle on everything that needs doing. I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds they get busier and busier every year - and that their to do list grows longer and longer.

Over the years, I've tried a lot of methods to get that list under control. I've done quadrants and tags, I've divided my life into projects, I've done mind maps and even played around with Gantt charts for goodness sakes!

In the end, I went back to basics: a pen and paper and simple lists. It's fluid and flexible, it's incredibly easy, and it's changed everything!

So today I'd like to share with you my method for keeping that mammoth to do list under control. It's soooo easy, so grab a pen and paper and let's go!

The Easy Way to Tackle that Mammoth To Do List by Eliza Ellis - A super simple way to stop being overwhelmed and start getting stuff done!


Lets start by not talking about to do's! Lets talk about spheres.

Your 'spheres' are basically the areas in which you do stuff. I have stuff I need to do at home, stuff I need to do at the office, for the blog, in the garden and down the street.

It's pretty simple - when I'm at the office I'm doing office stuff not garden stuff. And when I'm down the street I'm running errands and stuff that needs to be done in that sphere.

Right, so the first thing to do is write down a list of your 'spheres'. Here are some examples to get you started:

  • Home

  • Garden

  • Work

  • Blog

  • Crafting

  • Birthday Parties

  • Kinda/School stuff

  • Charitable Committees

  • Business Projects

  • Renovations/Home Improvements

  • Errands/Down the Street


It's important that you actually have time dedicated to each sphere.

Some things - like work - already have a scheduled time allocated, but other things, like craft projects, blogging, gardening etc will need you to set aside some time.

Trust me, if you don't dedicate time to your spheres, nothing will get done.

Dedicating time doesn't have to be super specific - I run errands down the street 'when Missy is at dance classes' a