Are you a list maker? Do you stick to the list or just write things down and walk away? Or are you too busy to even take the time to write things down?
Last night, a friend of mine told me that she was too busy to take the time to write things down, but she also said that it was a bad habit because then everything kept swirling around in her head.
I like making lists. It gives me a sense of control. Sometimes it’s overwhelming when I see all the things that must be done written in black and white, but it’s also a very good reality check for me. “Seriously, Sheri, do you really think it’s absolutely imperative that you get all of these things done today?”
Then I do the little self talk about quality of life and “is it healthy to be rushing around like this all the time?” Then I slap myself, re-evaluate and choose the most important.
Yes, I’ll admit it: I’ve always been a little of an overachiever. Procrastination has never been a weakness for me. Trying to do everything at once? Well, that’s a different story!
But recently, I’ve started making lists for my week. It’s seems to work better for me, rather than for each day. Usually on Friday before the following week, I’ll write down a list of things that I’d like to accomplish the following week. Making sure that I also check my calendar for any events that are happening on particular days. I also try to do my menu planning on Fridays for the following week. It’s amazing how much this helps too.
Maybe we could talk more about menu planning and meals next time?
I’m curious, do you keep a list? Do you do like I do, and write things down, just so you can cross them off? Ha! Yes, I know, but admit it, some of you do this too!
I’m still working my way through Getting Things Done by David Allen. One of the things that I have gleaned from this book so far is the idea of lists based on context.
For instance, my lists now consist of:
Home – actions that need to be taken in the home (this one tends to be quite long)
Phone – any phone calls that I need to make
Computer – anything that needs to be done online or at the desk
Errands – anything that needs to be done in town, including post office, library, groceries etc
Discuss – things I need to talk to someone about. These are in person discussions. Things I want to remember to talk to Hubby or perhaps a friend or employee about. This is also where I list things that I need to teach or train someone.
About 3 weeks ago, my cell phone (read old, ancient 7 yr old flip phone) went kaput. As in it no longer received calls. Texting was nominal at best and in this day and age, it seems everyone wants to communicated in text. I’m still trying to figure that one out! Ha! So I went in to see if I was up for an upgrade. “You were due for an upgrade 6 years ago!” Oh, well, okay then. So I was upgraded. I feel like I’ve gone from the shack to a mansion. I got an iPhone. Wow! It’s definitely more than a phone.
The reason I’m telling you this, is to say that my lists are now made on my phone. I’ve been using Evernote. Love it. It’s easy to use and my To-Do list is almost always with me. Every week, I delete things that were accomplished and add anything else in the appropriate notebook. I also like the fact that I can access my list on the computer as well. It’s just helps to keep me focused.
For my day to day house keeping things, I keep my list on good old fashioned paper. 🙂
But I’m curious, where do you keep your lists? Last blog post, one of you mentioned that you keep your list on a white board. I love that idea too. I just don’t have wall space (too many windows, not really, I love them!) to hang a big white board in any place that is realistically accessible for every day use.
Okay, seriously, ladies, I want to hear from you!! There is so much we can learn from each other!
Comment below and let’s talk!