Thursday, September 13, 2007

to list or not to list?

After my last post of my "to-do list" I realized that I set a goal and did them all. I may be tired as all get out, but I did it.

Previously in my life "to-do lists" frightened me, they made me feel overwhelmed and they totally broke the "one thing at a time" rule for me. I saw them all at once. Now? Lately I have been doing well if I make myself lists of what I want to get done. Which leads me to ask you, do you make lists for yourself? Do you write out goals and seek to complete them? Or, just write them down as a reminder?

I was just curious. I don't seem to be bothered by "the list" anymore. It doesn't feel like it's taunting me that I won't have enough time to get the list done....

Which I suppose makes me think that my list may have been a bit unrealistic in the past and now I'm setting tangable goals right?


Never mind me...I shocked myself by getting everything that I wanted to done and then some done. That NEVER happens. I would like to announce that I now have a clean toilet to boot! Which is a saying a lot ,seeing that I live with boys.

Really, enlighten me. How do you get your "to-do's" done? What are some systems...
I once knew a lady who cleaned, ran errands, shopped and did laundry all on set days of the week. To me, that's too anal retentive. So, do share ....

8 comments:

chrissy said...

Love check off lists. Like seeing what I accomplished, even if that list is only in my head for me to see!!

Beth F. said...

I love to make a list. And I love to check things off. I sleep better with a crossed off list.

It's a favorite thing of mine. Unfortunately, my life (and my mind) have been too crazy lately to even be able to form the list, let alone cross anything off, but typically, I love it.

A Lot.

More Than A Single Mom said...

I'm with everyone else. I LOVE lists. I used to think my grandma was crazy for making them. Now I do and it feels good to see the stuff once it's crossed off. Makes me feel........accomplished.

KT said...

I am a list person too. I love the sense of accomplishment, and the polite little nagging way those unchecked items tell you not to give up!
When I was working (and a few years after I became a SAHM), I used the Franklin Covey system. "Frank" was a great companion. You set goals and daily tasks. It is not a big pain but it does take some commitment. Now I just use sticky notes and our oversized calendar. And I also keep a smaller pocket calendar to write down when I've mopped, dusted, changed beds, etc. since I don't do those tasks regularly, or on a set day.

My Wonderful Men... said...

I have to say my husband does most of our running or we do it together. Two minds are better than one. We too use list though.
I try and tell myself when things get crazy, it's not going anywhere and there is always tomorrow.

Lost A Sock said...

I love lists. I make sure to keep them fairly simple so I get to make lots of cross-outs, haha.

Sarah said...

I do like lists. I don't usually write down my daily chores in a list just the things that I have to do outside of the house then it becomes about the calendar. I have 3 calendars. One upstairs on the fridge, one downstairs (that is the master), and one I carry in my purse. I got tired of not being able to remember everything for everyone. So maybe I am not so much of a lister as a calendar freak. I have to be able to see our lives in months. My husband can never remember anything, so unless he tells me he then forgets. This way he can write it down immediately and I can copy it to the other 2.

Ann(ie) said...

I am a TO DO list junkie. I carry a little book in my purse and I rewrite my list every 1-2 days. It's a bit obsessive, but it seems to work and if I write it down I do it. If I don't, I'm screwed!