In keeping with the theme of To-Do lists, I can’t help but post this image of Ben Franklin’s daily schedule that has been floating around the web for some time now:
I love its elegant simplicity, but I can’t help but think how much it doesn’t look like the lists I make. I mean, where is the grocery list, the overdue wedding and baby gifts to send, the after-school club to sign up for, or the laundry detergent? Of course, all those questions were answered when I came across Ben Franklin’s wife’s daily schedule. Mystery solved.
Elsewhere on the web, there are a few sites devoted to the art of the list. One of my favorites is, Daily Routines, a compendium devoted to the schedules of interesting people. The blog hasn’t been updated in quite a while because they are working on a book, but if you want to know how Simone de Beauvois, Charles Darwin, and Le Corbusier organized their days, this is your resource, and I am look forward to the book. Pretty Listed is a Tumblr site that collects images of various lists and schedules. It appears to be a great idea that hasn’t gained momentum yet, but I would love to see more submissions there. And finally, I couldn’t resist the beauty of these lists featured on designer, Melissa Easton’s blog, Mrs. Easton. Take a look.