My To Do List
As of today, my To Do list just got longer.
I’ve known for a couple years that my approach to making “the” list might be different than how most people make theirs. When I explained how I did it to a very close relative, she said, “Oh, Shel, you really should write an article and share that with people.” The problem was, where would this article appear? And why would anyone care about my To Do list methodology? Well, at least I’ve answered the first question.
It’s appearing in my brand new blog. Hurray! And if you’re reading this, there is a possibility that you’ll care.
So, let’s get to it. How is my list different? Are you wondering? Well, I’ve made it all about maintaining balance in my life. Instead of having a completely task driven list – and make no mistake about there are tasks on the list – I group those tasks into categories. My categories are family, volunteer, writing, friends, home, spiritual, self. If you decide you like this approach, your list could be longer, shorter or completely different, though I really suggest having categories for family, friends and self!
Now, let’s take a task like baking cookies. It falls under family, home, and possibly friends. It only falls partially under self, because while I love the act of baking, I’m on a diet which prohibits cookies. I can’t give myself a full mark on this. Okay, this calls for a compromise. Self gets ½ mark for cookies. BUT, if I decided to break the diet to have a cookie—yum—I could give myself a full mark and also I could log it under spiritual. Cookies = Heaven. Get how this works?
Making my list like this, keeps me from retreating into my writing cave, never to see the light of day. It reminds me to connect with friends, to volunteer (which I think is the responsibility of every human being), to make time to exercise, and to give the dog a bath. This also makes sure that housework gets done, which by the way, keeps the family happy! If I go more than a day without an item under friends or volunteering or spiritual, it clues me that I’m missing out on an important part of living. This always helps me re-focus. It also helps as I manage things for the Whatcha’ Reading now? website.
And while this new blog has been officially added to the list, I’m not sure where it will fall. Under writing, certainly. Friends, I hope. In fact, if I’m really optimistic, it might meet every category (except the dreaded home/housework one). And that reminds me! It’s time to go fold a load of laundry!
But before I go, I’d love to know: What’s on your list today? What is the task you’re looking forward to? And which one are you avoiding?