Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Reusable Goals Chart & To Do List

Those of you who read The Skinny know that I've been struggling with motivation to be extra healthy lately.  I've just been feeling kind of...blah.  For the past couple of weeks I've made some exercise and eating goals... but I tend to forget about those goals during the week.  So... I decided to make myself a little goals chart.

It's versatile, reusable, and I feel so fulfilled when I get to put a little check in the box for completing my goals!

Oh, and I figured while I was at it I might as well make a reusable to To Do list too.  I am always making to do lists, so it'll be great to keep one handy that I can use over and over and over again. 

Want to make your own?  

Here's what you'll need:
-a glue stick
-a pen
-lamination (can be done with a home kit or at a store with a lamination machine)
-an overhead pen

I knew I wanted my goals chart to be pretty versatile since my goals and focus change all the time, so I made mine pretty simple.
I cut out some 1" x 1" squares and some rectangle pieces, enough for 8 rows with 7 squares and one rectangle in each row.

I wrote "Goal:" on in the top left-hand corner of each rectangle piece.

I figured out how to make everything fit, then glued it in place with a glue stick.

*Note: When gluing down your pieces, make sure to adhere pieces well enough that they won't move around when laminated, but don't put too much glue on or else it will seep out from under your paper when it goes through the lamination machine.

Once everything was glued down, it looked like this.

The To Do list was even simpler!

I cut down a sheet of white card stock, wrote "To Do:" at the top, drew on some stitching lines with my pen, and glued it onto a sheet of red card stock.

Once my goals chart and to do list were ready, I took them to the copy center on campus where my husband goes to school and had them laminated with hard laminate.  I think soft laminate would work okay, but I don't like it.  I personally recommend hard lamination.  It will stay looking nice and crisp a lot longer.  And it will make all your dreams come true.

That's it!  Now they're ready to use!

Just make sure to use an overhead pen (such as Vis-a-Vis) to write on your laminated material.

 Write all you like, then just get a wet paper towel or wash cloth and wipe away!

I also recommend using something dry to wipe it down after the wet wipe.  This will get the left over smudges to go away and give you a fresh start.

Important Note: DO NOT use dry erase markers on your laminate.  They are mean and nasty and they don't come off nicely.

Sadly, I learned this the hard way.

If you use dry erase markers, it will rub off right away (like, two seconds later), but after that it's one tough cookie to get off.  I tried a dry paper towel, a wet paper towel, glass cleaner, and 409.  Sadly, none of those things made much of a difference.

In the end, my dear old friend Soft Scrub was the only thing that would get the dry erase marker off of my brand new to do list.  So, just in case you forget or your kids use dry erase markers on your laminate, Soft Scrub should do the trick.

But I'd stick to the overhead pens.


Idea tip:  This method for making goal charts and to do lists would also be great for:

-chore charts
-potty charts
-message board
-menu board
-writing practice for young children
-smaller version would be a great reusable shopping list!

So many possibilities!  Let me know if you make one!

Looking for more great tutorials?  Click HERE.


Magia da Inês said...

♥♥ Olá, amiga!
Passei para uma visitinha...♥
Gosto do seu cantinho... sempre agradável, criativo e encantador... você é muito talentosa.
Ótima semana! ♥
♥♥ Beijinhos.
Itabira - Brasil ♥♥

Kathy Haynie said...

Great idea - did you put some self-stick magnets on the back so you could mount on the front of the fridge?

emmalou said...

This is great! I don't think I ever mentioned to you that I had a checklist for every day when I was trying to lose weight. I was tracking my water intake and making sure I took my vitamin each day. I also kept track of my weight once a week. I kept it on my fridge. I think it helped a ton. Way to go on making it reusable!

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Looks great!

Katie Lewis said...

Mom- I haven't put magnets on the back yet. I thought about it, but our fridge is so cluttered right now that I don't think there would be room for it. Magnets on the back are a great idea though. Thanks!

Amanda - Small Home Big Start said...

Thats a great idea! I'd love a goal chart, and thats an easy way to do it. Thanks :)

Me said...

Hi, I also have a reusable to do list. I haven't thought of a reusable goal chart ~ that's a good idea. I also have used dry erase markers and found they are really hard to wipe off later. I used rubbing alcohol and it took it right off.

paperbeau said...

yep - officially love this idea.. will be getting to it this afternoon :)