The To-Do Lists of Man Repeller

Step 1: Write to-do list.


You know what can be overwhelming?

I don’t have time to wait for you to answer that question! It’s too overwhelming! So I’ll just say it:

Getting back to work after the end-of-year break sucks.

At least after the summer come the holidays — first Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then–

You know the drill. But after New Year’s …after New Year’s, there’s no new break nearby. Quite the contrary. Just a shit ton of winter. Say goodbye to nice shoes and hello to boots with traction! Who needs a snazzy if not frivolous but completely uplifting statement coat when you can wear a compression comforter with sleeves on it, am I right?

Of course I’m not right.

This is without question the worst stretch of the year. I would rather listen to Rebecca Black sing about all the other days of the week than face the upcoming three months, but I’m an adult (evidence: I’m still citing Rebecca Black as a relevant pop culture reference), so I can’t just lift the covers over my head like a groundhog and come out only when the sun’s shadow has assured me it’s not going anywhere. I have to engage. To participate and contribute to society as any other self-respecting Samaritan would. And the only way to do that, as far as I’m concerned, is to enlist empathy. Which is why I made three quarters of the Man Repeller pie share their to-do lists for the first day back. Yes they would be exhausting — would things like order lunch ever even go checked off? — perhaps, too, infuriating. (Really, you’re gonna put “call grandma” on your list?) But ultimately, they would also be comforting.


You know how it goes

Misery loves company. So, please! Impart your to-do list in the hamper below or at the very least, enjoy ours and wonder why Yvonne (the woman behind the Twitter account, for the uninitiated), has to call Virgin America.

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis


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  • 1. Go back to College in February
    2. Get a haircut
    3. Write five articles that are so dazzling, it blinds me. By midnight
    4. Clean out the rest of the house for the big move
    5. Toss my mom in a suitcase
    6. Drive to the city
    7. Take time out of day to cy a little.
    8. Drink several glasses of wine.

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    • Leticia Kahn

      I am getting a salary of more than 4500 dollars each week , that is awesome. Over a year ago I was in a horrible condition , jobless and Bank account with only few bucks . Thanks to one of my friends who showed me a way where I was able to gather myself and making average of 68 d/h. So it can change your life as it has changed mine.


  • I love this! It’s so interesting to see how people organize their to do lists (and what’s on them!).

  • You guys should move up to Canada. Our government created Family Day in February so we don’t have to deal with the depressing winter stretch.

  • Rachel Coleman

    Love this post; a wonderful welcome back to society after not enough duvet days and chocolate!

  • Heather

    Do we have an answer as to why Amelia deleted snapchat? Nothing against Yvonne, but I am more curious about that!

    • Yvonne Dunlevie

      But Heather! My Virgin America story is sooo exciting!

      • Yvonne Dunlevie

        I am completely kidding — it is yet to get crossed off of my list.

      • Heather

        Okay, okay…I am listening! Does it involve fun and exotic travel?

        • Leandra Medine

          She’s having an affair with Gary from information.

    • Amelia Diamond


      • was it me who did you in?!

      • Kayla Tanenbaum

        yo, I did it a few months ago. great call.

        1. Finish MFA applications (!!!!!!!!!!!)
        2. Walk dog (today & also 20 min/day, every day)
        3. Shower
        4. Wipe off counter tops
        5. Write freelance articles
        6. Take trash thrown into garbage can bareback and put in a garbage bag then put trash back in so I can take out the trash
        7. Make bed
        8. Load dishwasher
        9. Write thank you notes
        10. bikini wax

        • Leandra Medine

          wait!!!! you forgot
          12. Write the complaint diet

          • Leandra Medine

            Oh, just kidding, looks like that’s #5. Phew!

          • Kayla Tanenbaum

            Hahaha. I’m on it. Just need to stop f-ing complaining. Unless we want to turn it into “why I couldn’t write the complaint diet.” Tomorrow is day 1. This comment will serve as witness.

  • Britta

    1. Do as many work at the office as it takes to see my rather big working desk again
    2. Big welcome 2016 flat cleaning (yeah who’s excited?gosh no?)
    3. Book a room to stay in at my BFFs wedding
    4. Starting to work out again instead of falling in a gigantic glass of Nutella and hitting the bottom before primetime
    5. iron the blouses (maybe first wash again, the last three months laying over the kitchen chair didn’t help)
    6. Do my nails (first stop biting them)
    7. but first checking the flights: maybe there is one to a tropical paradise faaaaar away going tonight ??☀️

  • Natty

    1. not shank coworkers
    2. apply aloe vera to sunburn
    3. think about exercising

  • 1. make a dentist appt
    2. see number 1
    3. buy another copy of adele’s cd (I JUST DID THIS AT LUNCH SO IT’S OFF THE LIST)
    4. schedule a physical
    5. do something physical
    6. order new contacts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg i should do this now
    7. return my 2nd option for NYE dress
    8. buy new bed sheets
    9. do like 5 work related things before today ends
    10. figure out what to wear to a bachelorette at the end of jan in NOLA (any help guys???)
    11. SMILE and wink more at people

  • Lucy Korn

    To-Do lists are the best though. Anytime i get anxiety about the mountain of life-crap I have to get through I just stop and take a minute to write it all down. For example, I have just resigned from my job so in the next two months I need to find my replacement, hire her/him, tie up any lose ends, get ready for NYFW, buy boots for potential NYFW snow, get ready to move to London, land new job in London, start a new life in London.
    Basically the beginning of 2016 is one really steep mountain of exciting/frightening life-crap I must conquer and the only reason why I am not manic right now is because I have my lists.

  • Emma

    1) remember to pick up my favorite hat which I somehow forgot at the coffeeshop on Sunday (!!) after brunch
    2) get ur bike fixed
    3) go to work with a big smile no matter if there’s anxiety involved
    4) explain boss why you were “sick” and not at the studio before the holidays but still managed to make it to the fashion industries biggest Christmas party anyway .. Arriving at same time as him
    5) start retouching photos from editorial
    6) try to get moneyjobs instead of shooting editorials
    7) make up reasonable explanations on where all my money went, instead of coffee and food and cigarettes and possibly shoes
    8) stop trying to fix my life with wiki-how guides
    9) actually wear something nice to work
    10) eat yogurt w that gross chia topping bc healthy and try to not buy chocolate

  • Lebanese Blonde

    1-Finish MA application #2 (due in 3 hours, help).
    2-Start MA applications #3 and #4.
    3-Finish the rearranging of my bedroom that I started then stopped.
    4-Buy electrical tape (related to above).
    5-Call landlord about broken window.
    6-Buy flight home for sometime in spring before they get insanely expensive.
    7-Send email to boss.
    8-Finish (wonderful!) new JKR/Robert Galbraith book.
    9-Make something for dinner as reward for finishing to-do list item 1.
    10-Get Christmas present for friend that I should have purchased a month ago.
    11-Sleep? Maybe? At some point?

  • picarica

    Love Muji pens!!!

  • Dani Heifetz

    1. Stop getting lost in the blackhole that is Man Repeller and actually do your work

  • Hannah Cole

    this is so amazing to read even 8 months later.

    my life is one phat to-do list, and i would never do anything if it weren’t for my constant notebooks and post-its filled with things