Making a list helps me feel like I've got a grip on what I have to do. It makes it seem manageable. Regardless of the length of the list, the fact it's in a nicely organized format makes me feel like I've got it under control.
And I love the feeling of crossing things off my list. The sense of accomplishment makes me smile. It doesn't matter how small the item on the list was, it's the fact I have crossed it off (which I always do with a flourish!) that makes me smile.
And there's nothing quite like the feeling of crossing the last item off a list. Not only have I accomplished all the little goals, I've accomplished the big, overall goal. You have to understand that my lists are extensive, multi-page events. There are often sub-lists or even sub-sub lists.
Yesterday, I spent all day working my way through a list. And I finished it!
Today I have another list to work my through. I doubt I'll get this one completely finished, though, because there's one item on my list that could take much longer than expected: a trip to the pool with AC.
With the book finally in, I've planned a little fun time with AC. She's been a real trooper this summer putting up with me and my characters. And yes, I've added it to my list of things to do.
I know I'm more likely to spend too much time worrying about what needs to be done that I forget about the things I want to do. I want to spend time with my kid. So I add it to my list. It's just as important as going to the dry cleaners or picking up a light bulb for the fish tank. Actually, it's even more important.
Making a list allows me to prioritize. If I have six errands to run, I list them in the order they should be done. Since my kid is a priority, I'm adding her to my list today and moving her right to the top.
What does your to-do list look like today?