Monday, January 23, 2012

A List for Daily Simplicity & Magnetic Clipboard diy

 I love making grand plans for our home and daily doings and writing long to-do lists.  And while I have a planner that I love and have used for years, I've found myself more and more transferring my to-do list from my planner to a scrap piece of paper that I could carry around with me - stick to the fridge - essentially something I could have out before my face and help keep me on track throughout the day.

I recently came across this Daily Plan Sheet or "Daily Draft" put together by Ann Voskamp, the same remarkable lady that wrote One Thousand Gifts 
(which I am reading now and it is so good).

Anyway for the last week or so I've been using this Draft to order my day, and while I'm still trying to figure out how to make each section work best for me, I'm liking it - I especially like how it draws my attention to things that I might otherwise overlook.  Like, what relationship could use some extra attention today...and exactly what verse am I memorizing right now??  Hmmm.  The "Doxology" part corresponds with One Thousand Gifts as a place to add to your list of gifts/blessings you are thanking God for.

I also appreciate the "Day's Dire" section, and that there are only 3 lines here.  I think Sister was telling me that she heard somewhere that it's a good idea to expect that you will at least get three things done a day (along with all the daily demands of home and children) - anything more than that is pretty much superhero stuff.   Singling out 3 Must Do's for the day has really helped me focus on what's really important.  I feel like I'm being more realistic with myself and therefore more accomplished and satisfied at the end of the day.

Here's an example: my Draft for Today.

I'm thinking that having "clean bathrooms" feels like a dire need today is...not such a good sign.  But it is going to get Done today!  (Still haven't figured out what to do with the "Dailies" section, though I think it's supposed to help you establish a "rhythm" for your day...)

So anyway, an important part to actually using and following this list is to have it out where I can see it - primarily on the front of the frig - but easy to take around the house with me.  So I made this little magnetic clipboard:
Needed:  old funky clipboard from the thrift store, hot glue, button magnets, twine for a bit of fun along with a dried-out flower from the vase by your sink.  : )

Glued Magnets on like so.

And added a little lovely embellishment on the top.

Now to actually do my to-do list.  That's the tricky part.  ; )

{Linking to Bowl Full of Lemons}


  1. What a great idea! I might actually do this. Thanks for sharing!


  2. I love this! Since I have magnetic cabinets, I have lots of uses for magnets.
    I think it's a fabulous idea.
    And I love that list.
    Going to have to print some up for myself!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Love from,

  3. I just started doing this too--and somehow, it always seems to make my day less hectic! I love that it helps me evaluate my day, focus on HIM, and prioritize relationships! The magnetic clipboard is a great idea :)
    Nicole from

  4. Saw the printouts over at Ann's but didn't think about the clipboard to keep it all together. Lovely! Found you from Ashley's site. Your home pictures are beautiful. In fact, your home looks how I picture mine in my head, but have yet to deploy. Little pieces have come together, I just need to forge ahead. Glad I found your space :)

  5. Thanks so much for sharing such a fabulous idea, Cailan. I think I know what I will be doing today:) Happy new week to you ~ Tina

  6. sweet idea! :)
    i need to be more organized. eek!
    have a great day! :)

  7. What a great idea. I am reading One Thousand Gifts and also printed that daily. Thanks so much for sharing your idea - you are a blessing!

  8. Awesome idea!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  9. My favorite part is on the list where it has the meals, dinner says "out!"
    That made me laugh :))
    Btw I miss seeing your beautiful handwriting. Let's get together soon!

  10. How is it you can take something so simple like an old clipboard and make it so sweet to look at? I'm afraid that's all I'd look at it :) oh, well.
    I'm so glad you do this blog, it is simply delightful to see all your creative ideas