Have you ever thought to yourself, “My to do list is just too boring! How can I actually keep up with something that looks so frightfully drab?” Or perhaps you have tried endless possibilities for organizing your daily routine and tasks and can’t seem to get one that motivates you. Do you forget things even when you write them down? Have you realized that the world we live in is just too complex and you long for the simplicity of an earlier time? Is your to do list too long and scattered across post-it notes, notebooks, date books, and bananas? Yes, I said bananas. Are you curious now?
For those of you who have yet to experience the pleasure, and sometimes pee-yourself-laughing-so-hard wit of Nick Cernis and his blog, “Put Things Off,” you must read on. For those of you who already enjoy his writing, you’ve probably heard of his ebook, Todoodlist.
I was just recently pointed in the direction of Put Things Off and after reading a hilarious post about cell phone addicts, I found myself clicking around the site for what I later realized had been an entire work day. Is it sad to say that I read one post in particular more than once (even more than twice!)? Yes, there you have it — I have reached Step 1 of the program.
Put Things Off was my epitome of putting things off. Regardless of the hundreds of reminders I had on my desktop, in my notebooks, and practically written on my forehead (maybe that’s why I didn’t see them) – I still never got anything done. Finding this great site was the icing on the cake, the yin and yang. This site was just what I needed, and didn’t need, to get things done.
When I found out that Nick had written an ebook I was undoubtedly intrigued. Not only was it written by Mr. Funny himself, but it was also a book about getting things done and making things happen. A book about making daily tasks more simple and tossing complexity out the window. I immediately snagged a copy, or download rather, of Todoodlist and started my adventure. Boy was it an adventure.
In the introduction Nick tells the story of the dreadful day his PDA died and he was forced to use, now brace yourself folks, a pencil! He continues on explaining his realizations of life’s complexities and the concept of a Todoodlist. From there, Cernis takes you into numerous essays; I don’t mean the kind your high school English teacher makes you read. These essays explain many of the complexities society has imposed on our world today and how to make things simple again.
Cernis continues on to explain the structure of a Todoodlist, a Soduku Calendar, Glyphies, and various other simple and helpful organization methods. All of this, complete with pictures and who can resist a picture book?
Todoodlist was written to help readers understand how to make their lives simpler and thus, be more productive. All of Cernis’ organization methods are not only helpful, but they add a little entertainment to you work day. Everything you are taught in this book can be put into action before you’ve even finished reading it!
Personally, before I read Todoodlist, I was stuck in big web of too many things to do. I currently live in Costa Rica, in a lazy, little Caribbean beach town. Combine that with day to day boring work, the websites I am desperately trying to get up and running, planning a wedding, and the million emails I have to respond to daily and you get a miserably complex, unorganized list of things. Most things I never got done until a week after they went on my list. It’s been a week since I read Todoodlist and began to put Cernis’ methods into action. I have already accomplished two weeks worth of work. Ironically, the one thing I didn’t do on time was write this review. Last night I decided to try out the Banana Reminder I read about in the book. I simply wrote, “Todoodlist,” on my pack of cigarettes and here I am, nearing the end of this review.
All in all, Todoodlist rocks my socks off and everyone who has the slightest habit of putting things off or making simple tasks overly complex, should read Todoodlist. You will be amazed by the things you can get done just by simplifying your life and using a pencil to do it.
Nick says, “Todoodlist should have taught you that simplicity isn’t doing less. It’s doing more with less. You should also realize that simplicity needn’t be boring. Simplicity can be a fun, engaging, playful thing that can brighten your day or make you smile.”
Are you still curious about that banana? Too bad, I’m not telling. You will just have to read Todoodlist yourself and find out why a banana isn’t just a tasty, yellow snack for monkeys.
To get Todoodlist for yourself check out: http://todoodlist.com/
You can also check out Nick’s humorous blog at http://putthingsoff.com