Your list is of vital importance when you are planning an event. For a big family reunion (30 plus people at my house), I had help—thank goodness—in crossing out those to-dos but I still found it helpful to have it organized. There are several different ways to do this.
- Organize by Day-Make lists for several days leading up to the event, organized by day (i.e. Tuesday-mow yard, buy food).
- Organize by Degree of Difficulty– Make different lists with "adult" chores and ones the kids can help with or do.
- Organize by Skill– Make lists for different members of the family based on their abilities, gifts, or what they like to do (i.e. Dad-mow yard. Mom-Shop. Kid-Vacuum Living Room).
- Organize by Proxy– Draw names for various to-dos and make a separate list for each individual to cross off items as they are completed.
- Don't organize at all—and if you still have a successful event, call me. I need your brain.
What you use to make your list is important too. In my experience, Post-It Notes ™ can get lost unless they are mounted to paper. Sometimes they work on a white board but have the potential of loosening as people walk by. You are better off using the white board itself. Since I don’t want to miss any to-dos, I keep a spiral notebook and use several pages—that way it stays all together. I even use those same pages for a shopping list, guest list and anything else related to the event.