Give Me the Simple Life: To-Do List


This year, start small.

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest impact. Rather than set a major goal that fizzles out by the end of January, commit to small things. 

Here’s how I start my day: The humble index card


There’s something “finite” about a small index card that makes it easier for me to manage than an on-going to-do list. Those only seem to grow longer. I love checking things off the card as the day goes on. If I don’t complete everything, I’ll re-write a few things on the next day’s list, then toss the old one!


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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Jackie McNutt says:

    Suzanne, I like your idea of using index cards. I have spent years writing lists on paper only to have it get lost as I do other things. the index cards would be handier for me. Think I will buy some bright colored ones to help me keep track of them. Thank you

  2. JILL DURHAM says:

    I really love this idea. I have Lupus so everything that needs doing each week doesn’t always get done. Usually I make a weekly to-do list and then each day make a separate daily list of must-dos. I mark off everything from my weekly and daily lists as they are completed and then anything undone at the end of the day is attempted another day. I do like the idea of using the index cards. Thanks for sharing this idea!!!!

  3. Kathie from CA says:

    How do you organize your prayer requests? I know I offer to pray for folks and then forget sometimes and feel awful.

  4. cynthia fernstaedt says:

    I use little notepads. A neighbor recently gave me a huge stack of notepads/paper with pretty designs…makes looking at my lists cheerful

  5. Lydia says:

    A thought or what I guess I do: grab a note book, each page is a new day. Kind of a journal of what you did that day, I guess. But what wasn’t scratched off or done, can be saved for another day with more time.

  6. Patty Tolliver says:

    I’ll have to try the index card idea. I get too detailed and then I have to carry so much over to the next day. I really like this. I am going to get busy with that tonight. Thanks for the tip.