Sharing lists

My colleague, Andrew Spittle, asks:

What do you and Amy use to keep track of groceries?

We use Listary. When we’re low on something, we add it to the list.

It’s quick, simple, and syncs instantly with Simplenote.

Inventory tip — To easily see when you’re running low on stuff, add the quantity to the beginning of the item. For example:

  • 2 Bathroom tissue paper rolls
  • 5 Dishwasher packs
  • 1 Brita water filter
  • 2 Snack Pack cups
  • 1 Bagel
  • Half jar peanut butter

Traveling? Relax with a checklist

A couple of weeks ago, I had an awesome opportunity to go to NMX BlogWorld in Las Vegas to spread happiness at the WordPress booth. The night before, I decided to make a checklist of all the things I need.

The goal of making this list is to help you relax (in addition to making sure you have everything you need.)

Have you gotten on the road or powered your phone on during your flight, wondering if you did something at home?

For example, did you:

  • Remember to pay that bill?
  • Close all the windows and lock the door(s)?
  • Leave the stove lit?
  • Temporarily stop mail at the post office?
  • Pack your laptop and cell phone charger?
  • Print your boarding pass?

Wonder no more! Your list will save your sanity.

It doesn’t matter what method you use for this list. Write a list, and save it somewhere. (Yes, I created a new project in Things.)

While you’re packing, you’ll likely add things to your list. Even though it’ll take an extra ten seconds to write it down, make a note of it. This is super important.

Bonus tip: Note the location of the item in your bags to save time finding it later.

(You can also fill out this partial template of a travel checklist from Lifehacker.)

In a few hours, when you start questioning yourself about forgetting something, refer to that list. It’ll be your warm blanket, gin and tonic, or chill pill.