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Working with a Rolling To-Do List

Lisa Congdon

Workflow, Time Management and Productivity for Creatives

Lisa Congdon

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Lesson Info

5. Working with a Rolling To-Do List

Lesson Info

Working with a Rolling To-Do List

Alright, so now we're gonna get into rolling to-do lists and you might be like, I know what a to-do list is but what is a rolling to-do list? So we're gonna talk about that first. From workflow to rolling to-do list. Again, you're gonna review. The workflow sort of captures everything you're responsible for and what we're gonna talk about next is how to translate that into what you're gonna do today and this week, okay? After that, we'll get into time blocking but for now, rolling to-do lists. So the workflow document is not your to-do list. It's the place you capture all of the details about a project and it's going to inform your to-do list but it's not your to-do list. So why having a daily to-do list is important. There's a great debate out in the world about whether it's good to be a list keeper. How many of you keep lists? All of you. Okay, so this is good because this is a big part of how you manage your time and I think people out there who somehow manage to stay organized with...

out keeping a daily to-do list are somehow magical. So this is how I do it. Why it's important. It gives you a road map for what to accomplish each day. It sets you up to block your time to get the most important stuff done first and make the most efficient use of your time during your day and week. So we're not gonna talk about time blocking yet but time blocking is integral to your to-do list. It facilitates breaking down larger tasks into smaller, more manageable tasks. It helps you track, keep track of what you've accomplished and what you will still have left to do at the end of the day. So a rolling to-do list as opposed to a regular to-do list just means that if you don't do or finish something one day, it rolls to the next day or the day after. If any of you are familiar with a bullet journal, similar concept applies in bullet journaling that essentially the idea is if something, if you have something on you to-do list and it's static like let's say you plan out your whole week but then by Tuesday it's completely awry, right, because life happens or this thing you thought was gonna take 30 minutes took longer. So you wanna set up a system that feels flexible that's based on your priorities and not something that you're going to abandon by Tuesday because it's already so out of control, okay? So this might seem counterintuitive to only plan a couple days at a time but I think it works well.

Class Description

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You have everything you need to create and implement effective, lasting organizational systems, whether you know it or not. As creatives we’re taught to believe this isn’t true.

Do any of these common myths about creatives sound familiar to you?

  • Creatives are inherently disorganized
  • They’ll never get a handle on their workload.
  • They lack the ability to create solid systems for getting things done.

These false ideas keep so many creatives from even trying to seek better workflows and organization systems, and ultimately bars the creative from doing better work. Not only that, believing these negative perceptions leave so many feeling stressed, scattered and unable to fully capitalize on their artistic strengths. It’s time to shatter these myths and learn to create the systems you need to to your best work as a creative.

Fine artist, illustrator and author Lisa Congdon has worked with over 75 clients around the world including MoMA, REI Co-op, Harvard University, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, and Random House Publishing, among many others. In this class she will teach you how to establish effective, workflows and time management strategies that will to streamline your processes and maximize creative work time. Lisa has spent years developing these systems. The monumental success of her career is proof these systems work. Join us.

In this class you will learn:

  • How to organize and implement a workflow system.
  • How to manage to-do lists effectively.
  • How to utilize time-blocking.
  • How to identify and manage the distractions that keep you from being productive.
  • And so much more…

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Tessa Crowther

Overall, I'm super happy I took the course! As an entrepreneur, artist, and tiny business owner, it's nice to hear perspective from people who have gone through and are going through similar things. Be prepared for some slides to be read word for word (not my favorite thing), and for some thoughts to be a bit scattered and unorganized. However, I got some good information and will implement some of her ideas in my own time management. I paid for the class as a single class, so I'm not sure I'd recommend paying that full single price, but I would definitely recommend the class if you have a class pass! Overall, I would recommend, thanks Lisa!

a Creativelive Student

Thanks Lisa! Wow. I found this class very inspiring and exciting. Besides the logging and planning parts that really amuse me in general, I found the idea of setting boundaries and working while keeping distractions in check quite revolutionary. I can see how working focused on x thing for a period of time over several days can work wonders in completing projects. Super recommended.


I just love love love this system(s) AND the fact that Lisa explains them so clearly -and leaves the space to each of her students to "be creative" and adapt the system to your own way of working too. I found this course right on time in my life where i needed to clean out things, become more efficient and calmer too. I think Lisa's systems are indeed a perfect way to calm down any anxieties caused by too much / too few work, overwhelm and such... THANK YOU Lisa, merci beaucoup !