I’ve dedicated my WorkFlowy book to my daughter:
For Emma-Pearl: Each Pomodoro spent on this book meant less beach time for you. Though you don’t yet know all about lists and productivity, you’re on almost all of my lists… and hands down, the #1 beneficiary of my @Future-me tag.
I’m going to need to change this up a tad, because my daughter has caught on to list making in a big way since my book came out. I’m kicking myself for not having taught her about making lists much sooner. You know… little human beings are much more capable than we give them credit for. If you’re not making lists with your kids yet, you’re seriously missing out – it’s so much freaking fun!
What we know so far
This is what Emma-Pearl knows: She knows that I do most of the things on my lists… so she knows to ask me to put everything she really, really wants me to remember to do into WorkFlowy. Like the really, really long list of gifts she wants me to buy for her upcoming birthday.
She also knows about a couple of lists that are all about her. Take this tag index for example:
Emma knows that I can click on the #Mon tag to get a list of her books to pack for Monday, including her ballet accouterment and other miscellaneous goodies. That’s some of the stuff she knows I can do with her lists. Now she knows that she can create lists with me. That broadens things, because she knows she has a certain degree of control over her destiny… her mini destiny, that is – a couple of things she is destined to do #Today, #NextWeek or #Soon.
Get your list face on
We make lists together: Lists of things we’re going to do over the weekend. Lists of pancake ingredients. Lists of all the kids in her class. The list goes on… Here’s a simple list of activities I put together with her help last Saturday (in WorkFlowy):
List building and learning
The moment your kids can sort of read, you should start creating lists together. It’s a great learning and skill-building opportunity in many ways: there’s spelling, organization, time management, decision making, etc. As you can see above, Emma’s lists are a mix of Portuguese and English – because we live in Brazil.
Don’t be surprised when your kids settle down and ask 50% less questions because they know what’s happening with their little lives. They know where they stand. It has a calming effect (I suppose… my sample consists of one unusually organized little subject). In any event, don’t we all warm to something when we believe it was our idea to begin with? Therein lies the power of creating lists with our kids. It’s the perfect place to teach kids about making compromises and meeting one another in the middle. They might need to make the agonizing choice between a Monster High doll and a Furby Boom… or (homemade) hot dogs VS. burgers for lunch.
Your accountability buddy
Emma watches the time like Gollum watches his ring, waiting for the perfect moment to strike: she ruthlessly and triumphantly announces that it’s time to act on a list item – no protests from myself allowed. She holds me to what I’ve plotted out on our list. In her book, if it’s on our list, it’s as good as a promise. It’s like having a live, interactive human alert… It’s also like having a really vocal conscience that tells you it’s time to stop working and engage in some of those “Not Urgent and Important” Eisenhower matrix items you know you should be doing – like the beach time you’d otherwise miss out on. With WorkFlowy, Emma is like my little accountability buddy. I’ve got to be extra careful what I put on my lists now! (Be careful who you list for – it might just come true!)
The font of youth
Build your lists in the desktop browser app. That way you get to use some fun free boyish fonts…
… or some decorative girlish fonts
Tips and further resources
- If you’d like to have different fonts for different outlines just by using a simple tag, plus some other related tips, here’s a shared WorkFlowy list you can tuck into.
- If you’re looking to stretch your organizational skills for projects, see how “The Tooth Fairy Does Kanban in WorkFlowy”.
- Print out your WorkFlowy lists and put them up on the refrigerator!
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