I’ll admit it. I’m a compulsive list-maker. In my defense, I get it from my mother, a wonderful, well organized woman. I make to-do lists, grocery lists, project lists, pack lists for trips. You name it, I list it. And now, I’ve evolved. No more steno books or pads of paper for me. I use Microsoft Excel. It’s versatile and easy to erase. 🙂
I was looking at my to-do list this morning and wondered how come, on most days, I manage to get all but one or two things done. Is it that I’m slowing down and don’t accomplish as much these days? Or (and this is the most likely answer) do I put so much on the list that Wonder Woman wouldn’t be able to accomplish? Am I setting myself up for failure?
For instance, here’s my to-do list for Thursday:
- Kickboxing class
- Straighten house
- Clean a couple rooms
- Promote blog
- Prep for writer’s group meeting
- Write blog for Friday
- Write 1613 words (minimum)
- Make salad for hubby (since I’ll be gone at my meeting)
- 6PM – writer’s group meeting
Now, that doesn’t seem like too long of a list to me. I don’t have a 9-5 job; my writing is my work. It’s 1PM Thursday as I write this and I’m done with everything but this blog, my writing, the salad, and tonight’s meeting. I’m doubtful that I will make my word count for today, unless I plan to finish when I get home at 10PM.
So I’m trying to decide if it’s how I organize my day or if I just take too much on. Maybe what I need to do is start adding estimated times to my list. For instance, kickboxing is an hour long class. But when you add the 20 minute drive each way, and the shower afterward, it’s more like a two hour commitment.
Or maybe I’m just over thinking this and I should throw the to-do list out (perish the thought!). I used to actually put “R&R” on my to-do list to make sure I worked in some down time. I’m not sure where that disappeared to. 🙂
So I thought I’d ask you all how (or if) you accomplish your goals most days. Do you wing it, do what you can, and not worry about the rest? Or do you check items off a list and plow ahead until you get it done? It seems like everyone’s schedule these days is filled to overflowing. So how do you cope?
FYI – I think I’ll make a list of any suggestions posted and tape it above my computer. lol
TGIF, everyone! I hope you have a to-do list with some R&R built in!
posted by Laurie Ryan