When you run a holistic business you have a lot of balls in the air at all times. From billing to blogging, the admin aspects of running a wellness biz can be overwhelming. There are lots of fancy solutions out there for project management, but I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite productivity hacks for birth & wellness professionals:
Teux Deux, the To-Do List tool that is rocking my world.
Yes, it is actually called Teux Deux (yes, i know, clever…) and it’s just simple enough that it somehow makes me feel truly organized. Plus, it’s just $24 / year!
My To-Do List History
I have tried more solutions for my personal & business To-Do List over the years than I care to count. Bullet journals, the Eisenhower Matrix, a bookmarked Google doc, Trello Board, Asana, Monday.com, a clipboard I covered with a favorite colorful fabric… I even wrote a blog post back in 2016 with a To-Do List template for you to print! The list of To-Do List tool attempts goes on and on…
I am, in fact a great fan of having an active To-Do List. I’m an even bigger fan of checking things OFF my To-Do List! On a Saturday morning one of the first things my husband and I do to start our weekend is make a To-Do List. Yep… Don’t worry – those weekend lists always include plenty of fun items, not just chores. I just love seeing everything written down – and being able to look back and see so many things crossed off!
The day I found Teux Deux I knew I had finally found the solution that would truly work for me. All those other methods were either too complex (i.e. too many bells & whistles), or too hard to keep up to date.
Favorite Features of Teux Deux:
You’ve maybe read my posts about the importance of simplicity in design, from logos to allowing for plenty of white space on your website. Teux Deux is marvelously simple and clean. No time tracking. No assigning tasks. No integration with other tools. No visual clutter. No confusing options to choose from.
Every day has a To-Do List. I can see all the days of the week on my screen at once. I enter urgent task on today’s list, and a task that needs to be done next Tuesday on next Tuesday’s list. When I complete a task, I cross it off. If I don’t finish it, it goes to the next day automatically.
Here’s a sample week with a few basic tasks as an example. Above are the days of the week – I can always see 5 days at a time, and navigate through the days with simple back and forth arrows.
I can highlight tasks, and move them around within the day to set intentions for myself and create priorities. I can also move tasks over to another day in the week if I decide that today really isn’t the day I want to deal with XYZ. That means I don’t have to look at it on today’s list and feel overwhelmed.
The “repeat” function allows me to easily have particular tasks repeat on a set schedule. I use this for everything from daily medications and workouts, to monthly newsletter & bookkeeping task reminders.
- Workout every day
- Filter emails every weekday
- Plan instagram feed every Thursday
- Check Google Analytics every other week
- Send bookkeeper statements every month
- Renew domain every year
When I know I need to check in with a client in 2 weeks time, I simply add that as a Teux Deux list item on that day, instead of seeing that reminder every day for the next 2 weeks & then forgetting to do so… Such a simple thing, but wow does it help my brain stay organized without the clutter of future tasks on today’s list.
It basically functions as a blend of calendar and To-Do List, and while I don’t have actual appointments listed on there (that’s my Google Workspace Calendar’s job together with the Book Like a Boss booking system), I do schedule tasks on a regular basis.
THE SOMEDAY LISTS
This section of Teux Deux is arguably my favorite thing about it. Before I had spreadsheets, google docs, notebooks & more with everything from business ideas to upcoming movies I want to watch. I had to hunt down the lists, and remember to add things to them. Now, it’s all in one place! Bonus? I don’t have to actually look at them unless I want to, and when I want to move something from a “someday idea” to a “do on Thursday”, it’s a simple drag & drop.
The Someday lists are below your weekly tasks. You can see some of them just peeking through in the example screenshot I posted above. They are unlimited. Yep, I can create as many as I want. And the dots above them serve as a navigation menu so i can easily find the list i’m looking for.
My Someday lists include: movies & books, bike trails I want to explore, groceries, blog post ideas, recipe links, sewing patterns, social media post ideas, SEO tasks, newsletter ideas, garden, travel blogs, and course ideas. Yes, that’s a pretty diverse group of lists ALL IN ONE PLACE.
A FLYING CAT
Bonus Feature: They have a silly feature with a flying cat on my screen every time I finish a task. It’s strangely satisfying. I even appreciate that the cat is the ONLY icon available.
Simple, clean design with a nice dose of play. My kind of website!
Is a new website on your “Teux Deux” list?! Reach out today for a free discovery call to explore your options.