I’ll tell you what I’m doing today and it Works for Me!
I’m making a looong to do list for the upcoming week and feeling great about it!!!
The longer the list the better!
I know, I know, some of you are thinking this lady is nuts, why would she be excited about a long list when a shorter list is what we are all after during this busy busy time. Now before you think I’ve gone off the looney edge I want to tell you that the best way I know to get things done and feel like I’m actually making headway is to create a very long detailed list! Detailed being the key word here. In other words I don’t write general lists because boy it would take days before I could cross anything off and then I’d just feel depressed. Longer detailed lists keep me from getting overwhelmed because I can cross off many more accomplishments as I go along. So no matter how small the item is that I’m crossing off, I feel good and when I feel good, I do more!
Let me give you an example using Christmas cards (although thankfully I did finish mine last week):
do Christmas cards
print off address labels
put address labels on envelopes
put return labels on envelopes
write Christmas letter
print off Christmas letter
fold Christmas letters
take Christmas card photo
print off Christmas card photos
write greeting on Christmas cards
stuff Christmas cards with letter
stuff Christmas cards with photo
seal Christmas cards
put stamps on Christmas cards
mail Christmas cards
eat more chocolate
Well you get the idea. I normally do my Christmas cards over a couple of weeks so if I had to wait a couple of weeks before I could cross Christmas cards off my list I’d be miserable. Using a detailed list I can usually check at least one thing off a day as I find the time….it totally makes the whole task more manageable for me. Oh yes, long detailed lists Work for Me!!!!!
An Ordinary Mom made an excellent point in her comment. She said she likes to make detailed lists to help her mind relax and she feels and sleeps better knowing she doesn’t have to remember everything because it’s all written down. I definitely would have to agree with this because I fall asleep every night the minute my head hits the pillow. There is something to be said for emptying the brain of all the things we try to keep track of in a day. One suggestion is to carry your list around with you or keep it beside the bed to jot things down if you are having trouble falling asleep. I’m getting older now, not to mention I have three kids, there is no way I could remember everything and so I don’t even try…I just write it down and move on. Whew, what a relief!
Go on over to Shannon’s at Rocks in My Dryer to see more valuable time saving creative tips!!