Wednesday, July 22, 2009

WFMW- The TO DO List

Meet My TO DO List. After spending some time (months) running around like a chicken with my head cut off feeling like I never accomplished anything, I finally put some of those free school supplies to good use and created a TO DO list. When a random though crosses my mind (as in "I really need to...." or "Wow, I've got to remember to...") I just jot it down on my TO DO List. When it's done, I cross it off. Can I tell you how great putting a nice thick slash line through something feels?? We have a little celebration and move on to another item.

My husband can also see my TO DO list and occasionally decides to jump in and complete one of those tasks that I've got listed. He can also see (as evidenced by the thick slashy lines) what I've accomplished. It helps me from having to point out that even though our house LOOKS like it's inhabited by wild monkeys, I really DO DO things around here. (Wild Monkeys, DO DO, HAHAHAHAH!!!)

Anyway, this is a simple, simple thing that has helped me from having all those random thoughts rattle around in my brain and resulted in less thinking, more doing and a greater sense of accomplishment. It doesn't cost anything and doesn't have any negative environmental impact. Someday, I might get really fancy and start prioritizing my TO DOs, but for now, this is working for me! Try it- maybe it will work for you too!

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  1. I love my to do list too! I keep mine on the fridge and my shopping list on the other side.

  2. Ah yes- the to do list...doesn't crossing things off make you feel oh so good?!

  3. When I'm having a really rough time feeling like I don't get anything done, I make a Did List where I write down everything I did, whether or not it was on the to-do list. That boosts my sense of accomplishment so much that I rarely need to do it for more than a few days.

  4. i echo what "Becca said- keeping track of my accomplishments is a lot more reassuring than writing a to-do list sometimes. Especially when the list items are gigantic- like "write dissertation" or "organize entire messy apartment."

  5. Becca- I'm right there with you- I've been known to add something to my TO DO list just so I can cross it off! Anonymous- I have to break those big MONSTER tasks into smaller pieces to manage them, but I agree- having a list of accomplishments, especially big ones, would be a great confidence booster! Thanks for reading and commenting.