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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38 comments:

Beth @ Conversations from my House said...

I agree. I love cute little notebooks, keeping lists, crossing things off list..... But, I disagree on one point.... Your premise that if it isn't on the list you can't do it.... I just add it to the list. LOL

Zena Weldon said...

I did make "to do" lists and I felt guilty when everything wasn't done or I forgot to put something on the list. I wanted the reminder and at the same time was frustrated by it. Then I read a suggestion and it changed my view. Each morning (or the night before) I put two things on the calendar I wanted to do on that date. Two things were manageable and were usually done. There were days when I did the "next" thing without listing it because I felt good and accomplished. I learned that some items I had been putting on the list could be habits with regular days and times instead of being listed. Of course, I learned to be flexible about changes in plans - the unexpected, unplanned happens both positive and negative. Now, I hardly use a list. I ask myself "What do I want to do next?" I smile because sometimes the next thing is to sit quietly in the sun, take a nap, write a letter to a friend "just because."

Duffy Brown said...

there you go…I’ll get this list thing right yet. :-) Thanks for the help.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Zena. What a great idea. a two item list per day. I can do this. Thanks!

Maggie Sefton said...

LOL, Duffy, at your List Saga. I can't live without lists. I'd forget my head without them. And I just use small pieces of paper, like the bottom of bill statements, etc. Perfect for me. I keep the daily list (yes, every day has different "to-do" list) on the kitchen counter so I can't miss it. And it's easy to grab and put in my purse when I'm leaving for a morning filled with errands. Believe me, I will forget something without it. And I mark items off when I do them. Feels great.

Duffy Brown said...

Thanks Maggie. I need to give the list thing a try…and maybe I’ll feel like I’m getting something done once in a while if I can check it off the list.

LD Masterson said...

I'm a mad list maker. I have ongoing writing related lists in my computer calendar, I write up a daily do-list every morning (mostly on scratch pads), I have long term project lists, shopping lists, and when traveling I make up a list of outfits by day then a list of the clothing items in those outfits to check off as I pack.

This may have something to do with my not-so-great memory but to tell the truth...I like checking things off. It's satisfying, and it can keep me motivated.

Anonymous said...

Without lists I would be a puddle. I rely on them to the extent that I can't remember anything if it's not written down. My biggest problem with making lists is that I can never remember where I've put a pen. And you're right about the notebooks--pretty notebooks make all the difference when making lists.

Karen Russell said...

There's only one thing wrong with this post, which is that true list makers know that if it's not on the list, you just add it to the list so you can check it off. :D

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, LD. I write myself notes all the time. No memory at all here. If I don’t write it down it’s gone forever. But the big list thing is such a good idea. And I’m adding some fun things like play with the cat.

Duffy Brown said...

On another pretty notebook lover! I’m getting one today. And I use my Dead Guy pens for stuff ‘cause they make me smile. :-) If you want one just message me on FB. That goes for any of you listers…if you want a Dead Guy pen just let me know.

Duffy Brown said...

I just did that! LOL I think it’s not all that fair but I love checking things off. :-)

emilia m. said...

yup, got a list for Christmas Cards (each year smaller though), list for grocery shopping - or any shopping for that matter, but it is more like a list of stuff I want to make sure I get, not the only things I'm getting ;) , list of things to do before a party or Holidays, etc. :)

Anonymous said...

I think I'm a half and half list maker. I keep paper on my frig for groceries and have a pencil on the table within arm's length. That way I can write down things which I don't buy every trip (down to one or two eggs, the last two pieces of bread, toothbrushes) and get them if I don't forget the list. The other day I took my list with me but then must have dropped it as I was wrestling with the cart (only had 5 things which I could remember). Today I need to go to multiple stores and a bank but all are in the same shopping area so won't make a list except in my head. Cordella

Jen Scott said...

I do make lists for work related items and shopping items so I don't forget something. If I go on vacation, I make a list so I don't forget anything as I pack for the trip.

Anonymous said...

I love the notebooks! However, there is only one list I haven't given up on - the list of books I want to buy!
Liz C.

Duffy Brown said...

You are my hero! I need to get organized and do this.

Duffy Brown said...

when I do errands I make lists so I don’t forget where I’m going. LOL I lose my lists all the time too then I always forget something on it. UGH!

Duffy Brown said...

The vacation thing is tough. I alway forget something!!

Duffy Brown said...

YES!! I keep that list on Amazon and add a few at a time to my buy list. That is one list I live by. LOL

Duffy Brown said...

You know…I do have lists now that I think about it. My wall in my office is covered with lists. I just took a pic but can’t post it here. It’s on my FB page. All of you organized folk will weep but it does the job…sort of. LOL

Laurie Fancy said...

Hi, Duffy! I come from a family of list-makers -- both parents, yet my sister -- couldn't write a list to save her soul!! My kids tell me I am the authority on listmaking. I have daily, weekly, monthly, annual TO DO lists. I have a Christmas card list that I have now on computer. (so proud of myself!) I keep track whether I receive or send a card/picture/ newsletter. And yes, I do make a list when I go shopping, thrifting, yard saling or craiglisting. I try to make good use of my time and not criss-cross all over town. I've tried using on-line TO DO lists, but I prefer paper and pen. I'm old school that way!! :-)

Melanie Backus said...

Hi Duffy! I am not an organized person at all, but I do keep a Christmas card list and use it every year. I even go so far as to keep the names and addresses in a book and check off sent and received. Other than that, I am a fly by the seat if your pants kind of gal. If I get things done or bought, great! If I don't , well hopefully, there will be tomorrow.

Duffy Brown said...

My kids keep their lists on their phones but when I do make lists it’s old school pen and paper for me too. You are one organized gal! That way you do make the most of your time. Well done. Laurie!!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Melanie. I think I live but the seat of my pants too. I never ever get everything done in one day that I want. I need a few of those 48 hr days to get caught up. :-)
Hugs, Duffy

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love this post, Duffy. This should cheer you up: my most organized friend (mistress of lists) DID forget one of her kids in the grocery store once. He wasn't on a list. He did grow up to be a lawyer. Just sayin'


XO

MJ

Katreader said...

I always make To Do lists. The problem is I don't ever finish...so I make a new list. I do enjoy crossing things off my lists though. In fact, I have been known to write something on the list that I've already done just so I can cross it off! Works for me! I love those cute notebooks too-but I;m more apt to write my To Do lists on the back of envelopes from bills or junk mail. I keep the pretty notebooks for other things. And I do send my Christmas cards-shame on you for that one.

Carol N Wong said...

I am sitting here and my to do list is to the right of me. I love lists so much because I get to scratch something off when it is done. When something that takes a lot of time and I can't do it that day, I schedule it for a different day. One of my most important list is for my doctor appointments. I make lists of the questions that I want to ask and then figure out which are the most important ones because I know I can't ask them all. I do have a terrible memory so make the lists as much fun as I can. I also have a Christmas card list and send them out, sometimes early, sometimes late.

Duffy Brown said...

Oh MJ that is too funny and my greatest fear. Taking 4 kids shopping or to the grocery I was always afraid of losing someone in the mix. Hugs, Duffy

Duffy Brown said...

Yes, I add stuff to just cross off as well. Too funny but then I feel like I’m making progress. I make lists on anything handy. Have been known to use an eyebrow pencil to write with. LOL

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Carol. The doctor list is really a good one. Once I get in there I forget everything. Great idea…thanks!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I do make lists and find them on the kitchen table when I get home from grocery shopping. Usually if I just write something down to buy, I seem to remember it. Seems I just can't remember to bring the list with me..

AnneL said...

Hi Duffy,
I love making lists on pretty pads, I buy them for Christmas each year but I must be the only one in my family to use them so much, they have asked not to get any! I'll make a list for the week and like others, add to it if need be. But it really feels good to cross them off when something is accomplished and reminds me of what really needs to be done. Grocery lists, Christmas lists, love them. :)

Aurian said...

Hi Duffy, the only time when I make lists, is if we are going away on vacation, be it a weekend or a week. I think beforehand what I need to take, and while packing, cross items of the list. Sometimes for grocery shopping, but that is mostly when my boyfriend goes alone.

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Diane, me too. I’ve even left the list in the car, in the shopping basket, on the thing I need to pick up. But it helps that at least I wrote it down. LOL
Hugs Duffy

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Anne. I think it would help keep in mind what’s important and what really need to get done. Great idea. And you can number them what to do first etc. Love it. Have a good weekend. Hugs, Duffy

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, you got to have a shopping list if you turn a guy loose in the grocery store unless you want chips, desert and sandwich meat. LOL. Have a lovely weekend, Aurian. Hugs, Duffy

Zena Weldon said...

You're welcome, Duffy. I'm adding that I love notebooks and when I buy them I think I'll use them for lists and notes. Then I end up doodling or drawing, despite the lines, sometimes with a few notes for paintings. Lists are forgotten.
When I thought of "list," it was "to do." Now I confess to my Wish List on Amazon and to a card kept on my kitchen counter for groceries wanted. Thought I was through with lists. So automatic, they were forgotten.