My “To-Do Book”…how I stay organized and get things DONE!

to-do book - the SIMPLEST way to get more done! It's amazing!

As you can imagine, I get asked a lot of questions from people. Money questions, sure, (I mean…that is what I “do” after all). But as I share more and more of my life in Vlogs, on Instagram, and even in person by way of speaking engagements and events, I get asked more and more about my personal and family life (which I love, just for the record! Open book, happy to share, if you couldn't tell by my live Q&A I did the other day).

Of all the questions I get asked, the most common – by a landslide – is…”How do you get so much done?” “How do you handle all your to-do's?” “How do you have so much energy?” or, the kicker…

“How do you do all you do?”

I always cringe a little when I get asked, because there is so much I DON'T get done in a day! I used to crack a joke and brush it off. Then I realized that, as moms especially, we are always looking for ways to get more done; to stay on top of the daunting to-do lists, and to try to tread water a little less and be proactive a little more.

Thus, I've decided to start actually sharing some of my tips, and someday soon hopefully, will come out with an entire program that will share all my best systems and tricks for gettin' stuff DUN! So get ready, lots more posts and videos coming your way in the meantime, as I work on the program.

First up? My To-Do notebook. I've had a TON of questions about it since posting on planning our year in advance video. So here you have it! Here's one of the methods I use to tackle my mile-long to-do list, and try to stay as organized and productive as possible.

Check out the video then come back for a giant LILY-JADE BAG GIVEAWAY!!!

But first,

Watch the video online or click and watch below:

Super simple right? (Our word for the year is “simplify” after all…)

Since I KNOW you are going to ask, here is a shopping list of adorable notebooks and planners that I put together from Amazon that would work great as to-do books. But again, I love TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and Ross Dress for Less the best.

Now, time for the giveaway!

I recently posted on how I organize my diaper bag and you all seemed to go nuts over the Lily Jade bags. They aren't always easy to nab because they are luxury, designer bags, and sometimes the budget may not allow for such. Don't worry, I heard you! I teamed up with Lily Jade again and we are giving away a Madeline in Brandy bag to one lucky Freeb!

Entering is so easy, just complete the form below! Best of luck!

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Don't forget about my Secret Sauce online budgeting program, Budget Boot Camp! Super fun video program that makes money easy to understand. All you need is a screen and you're set!

And don't forget, if you don't save at LEAST what you paid for the program, I'll refund every dime. You've got nothing to lose! Use the code FCFBLOG to get an extra 10% off, because I love you πŸ˜‰


  1. AvatarCheryl says

    Hey Jordan, love your videos! I thought I’d share a cheap tip (for the planner that you wish came with an elastic bookmark instead of the ribbon) grab a cheap pack of hair elastic headbands from any dollar store, and slide it on.

  2. AvatarAmy Beiter says

    Oh Yes! This is exactly the way that I just started doing my todo list. I also use Evernote for general note saving. I do not keep my todo list with me from room to room in my house, but I do have my phone so if I think of something I will add it to my phone reminder list then transfer to my paper to do list.

    Would love the bag!

  3. AvatarKelli says

    You are so awesome! I thought I was “old school” because I prefer a good, hard notebook. It feels so good to cross those suckers off the to-do lists. I LOVE, and covet ?Your diaper bag. Thanks for the chance to win one!!

  4. AvatarGena says

    That is exactly how I do my to do list! I also have a planner that I use as more is a scrapbook/done list that I decorate. Love your videos!

  5. AvatarAmber Anastasi says

    Love ❀️ this! I am addicted to planners but feel like a failure if I don’t plan out the whole week. To do list planning seems like so much less pressure. Thanks

  6. AvatarSarah says

    When I was working I used a system exactly like this to stay on top of things. As I thought of something that needed to be done I’d add it to the list and then cross things off as I accomplished them. I never thought to use the same technique at home, but it worked brilliantly at work so why not at home? Thanks for reminding me of this simple, yet effective way to get stuff done!

  7. AvatarStacia says

    Thanks for the giveaway! Also love when you give us info on how you manage the day-to-day responsibilities. The only downside to this post is now I want to go buy a bunch of new pens and notebooks! Haha. πŸ˜‰

  8. AvatarLindsay Forehand says

    Oh I am a list girl too! I keep a master list and then if I’m doing a big project (right now it’s my little girl’s nursery decor, due in June) I make a list I keep in her room so I go in an turn off my other master list and just focus on her room and needs, which is a vacation with an 18 month old running around!! You are awesome!!!

  9. AvatarLydia W. says

    I love making lists of things I need to accomplish though I don’t do as good of a job as you at getting those things done πŸ™‚ But I discovered and started using a Passion Planner three years ago and am LOVING it! I started out using it just to write lists in but over the years I’m trying to use it more to it’s full potential for scheduling! It’s been a life saver getting me a tiny bit more organized (I’m the most unorganized person ever) It even has an area for road-mapping goals and lots of extra space for writing or doodling!

  10. AvatarB. Howard says

    I recently reverted to using an ‘old school’ planner because it was getting too unwieldy for me to manage digital calendars for work, home, the kids’ stuff, etc. Now I have 1 planner for everything outside of work and it’s just SO MUCH EASIER! I’m still struggling with the to-do’s though so going to try this out. Thanks for doing the video – so straightforward! Thanks for all you do, Jordan (AND TEAM FCF!!!!)

    By the way, if you want an elastic to wrap around your notebook or a pen holder, I see cute ones all the time in the disc planner sections at Staples & Michael’s. You don’t need to use them with whatever planner they’re selling! (Sometimes the pen holders need the discs to attach, but not all of them do!)

  11. AvatarOlivia says

    I basically do this exact thing, except I use an app on my phone called Things. It. Is. BRILLIANT. I also love having fancy paper and pens, but the practical side of me wins since I always have my phone with me. You can speak to Siri and have it add to your to do list on Things, so I can even add stuff when I’m driving. Why do I always remember stuff when I’m driving?!? πŸ™‚

  12. AvatarAmy says

    I love your videos and I’m so glad I found your blog and Instagram! Have always drooled over these bags and this would be the biggest dream to win for our growing family. THANK YOU for the amazing chance!

  13. AvatarCamille says

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one that loves the old school pen and paper route! My husband is always trying to get me to convert to digital to-do lists, and it just doesn’t give me the same satisfaction when I check things off ;). And for me it’s always easier to handwrite something than to actually type it in my phone, so I’m all about the paper :). Thanks for sharing your tips!

  14. AvatarThuy says


    I’ve been thinking about buying one but I would like to know how you feel about strap durability. How long before you notice the strap starts to fray or that it hasn’t at all.

  15. AvatarJill says

    Love. The. Bag. ❀️
    Also… I keep a running to do list too… I just forget to go back to it and look at it. πŸ™‚ oh brother… or I lose the list. Ugh. I’m gonna try what you do and bring the notebook list with me everywhere like I do my phone. Or, maybe I should try Evernote?!:) thank you for your tips! Love them all!

  16. AvatarKaren Weber says

    You are the cutest! I just watched your video and I want to be your best friend! I do my lists just like you! I was convinced (by who, I don’t know) that I must change my system to be more “planner-ry” planner. You know what I mean? But, after watching your video I am going to stick with the running to-do list! Yeah!

  17. AvatarShanna says

    This sounds exactly like my process. My Google calendar syncs with my phone (all activities listed on there and due dates) and I have a notebook with an on going to do list. I call my notebook “The Keeper of All Knowledge ” and I’ve had one for years. I tried the whole bullet journal idea and I failed miserably because it was too complicated and time consuming!

  18. AvatarSheridan jacobsen says

    I have used an ugly $.98 notebook for my to do lists for years and I love that you use a nice pretty book with good paper and nice pens. Gah! Feels so good and that makes me want to tote it around more and leave it out where it will be seen and used more.

  19. AvatarChelsea Price says

    I’ve been doing this to-do book ever since you shared it again a couple of months ago. So helpful! At first I was a little doubtful because I have my grocery notebook where I keep that list and meal plans, plus we have our google calendar. But this has been so wonderful to help me keep my time and projects and priorities sorted and to keep making progress. Thank you!!

  20. AvatarSusan smith says

    Love this post! I went out and bought a planner at Marshalls. I am now a list maker! It has made life so much more productive! Thanks for sharing!

  21. AvatarAndrea Tackett says

    After watching this video a month ago, I have been using your to do list idea and I habe been able to get more done, and keep track of my never ending to do list. I am so forgetful so writing down everything I need to do even switching the laundry over helps me stay on top of things. Thanks Jordan for this. I never understood why those daily or weekly planners never worked for me. I also have my husband add to my list. When he asks me to do something I just tell him to put it on the list or I won’t remember.

  22. AvatarKathrine Law says

    Woah this has changed my day!!!! I got a planner and have been doing this for 3 weeks. Man has my days become more productive. Thanks for the amazing tip!!

  23. AvatarKrista Sidhu says

    I do something similar but had an 8 X 10 book I just kept on my counter. After watching I took your advice and got a smaller one that I could carry with me everywhere

  24. AvatarDonna V says

    I have plenty of notebooks around the house, and this would be so helpful to implement! All of my lists in one place.

  25. AvatarHeather B says

    I love using a to-do book! I tried for a long time to keep my list digitally in my phone (which I still do when thoughts come to mind), but I just feel so much more motivated when I can physically cross things off a list, you know?

  26. AvatarBrooke says

    I totally write tasks that I’ve already completed in my to do book, just so that I can cross them off. It’s so satisfying! πŸ™‚

  27. AvatarMichelle says

    A little late to this post, but I just came across it. πŸ™‚ I have a question, do you tear out the pages as they are crossed off and full? Or do you just keep them and move to the next? Thanks so much!

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