Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I can’t do that…it’s not on the list!

I never seem to get enough done! Yet I feel like I’m running around with my hair on fire. My house is never as clean as I’d like (heck, it’s not clean at all), the laundry piles up for weeks (true confession time), I don’t write enough pages in one day, the oil in the car needs changing...you get the picture.


So I’ve decided to be one of those list people. You know the type they’re the ones who have lists of things to get done every day. There are two reasons for taking up the list challenge... One is that I hope to get more done and the second is that IF I do get something done I can keep track of it and not feel as if I should wear a shirt with Procrastinator written on the front.

This isn’t exactly a brand new idea for me. I mean I do make other lists. Sometimes I actually go to the grocery with a list of things I need. Mostly this is when company’s coming and I’m making something special or I’ve forgotten toilet paper for the seventh time and the toilet situation is dire and I need to really, really remember this time!

And I make lists for leaving the house. Turn back heat, put out garbage, make sure cat is not trapped in the bathroom…


Then there are lists I never use. I have a Christmas card list that I
never use. I never send out cards and have five boxes of Christmas cards in the closet to prove it.

I made a lists of good food to eat each day... Five servings of veggies! Really? I’m lucky I do that in a week. I thought about making a list of cookies to eat each day. That list I could follow and would feel great about checking something off a list for a change. Then there’s the list of daily exercises. I found that one buried under the TV Guide.

The good things about making lists are:
-you get to buy a pretty notebook to write your list in. I really like that. I’m a sucker for cute notebooks
-you get to check things off when you do them. I do like putting a check in a box.
-at the end of the day I know I’ve actually done something...I hope. If not I’ve got that cookie list to fall back on
-and when I do the things on my list I celebrate! I really like the celebrating idea. Refer to the cookie list above. Oreos are the fav celebratory cookie.

So what about you? Are you a list maker? Do you make lists every day? When you go to the grocery store? When you go on vacation? When you watch the grandkids so you don’t leave one in the car. (I had four kids and counted a lot!) Do you thing lists are a good idea or a waste of time?


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