"The to-do list is written. Thursday’s about to become my bitch."
Well, not EVERYONE just those that caught it. Regardless, I meant what I said and guess what.. Thursday WAS my bitch. I got so much done today (including this post!) it wasn’t even funny!
And that’s the power of "The To-Do."
The To-Do List gives me direction, a sense of accomplishment, power against procrastination and a shot of motivation. It’s like a preemptive cure all.
This morning when I made my list I actually wrote down "BodyPump Class" amongst "Laughing Cow Article," "Prep Recipe Photos," "Organize Laundry Room" and "Ryan’s Swim Class."
Yes, those are actual entries on my list. I live a pretty uneventful life. It’s true, but that’s not what I realized today (I already knew that.) I realized there are pretty much 3 To-Do’s that my To-Do should, well, DO.
Did you get that?
OK, I’ll stop being cute. What I’m trying to say is I think everyone’s To-Do list should have 3 different types of tasks. One of which I think is currently being underrepresented.
- 1. Work Related Tasks
- Definitely NOT the underrepresented one. Is it just me or does work related items dominate the list? For me this is mostly blogging related and writing stuff. I have emails and calls to return, photos to prep, comments to manage, code to write, etc., etc., etc.
- 2. Home/Family Tasks
- The second most popular type of tasks on my to-do. These are the cleaning, chauffeuring, cooking, shopping, chore related things that are normally for others or the good of the group/family.
- 3. YOU Tasks
- These are the ones we forget. The ones we tend to consider not as important. Things like take a bubble bath, read a book, go for a walk, draw a picture, call a friend, etc., etc, etc,
My goal (and I hope you’ll do it with me) is to start every day with a list of things I want to accomplish. I’m either going to make it the night before or the morning of. On my list each one of those categories will be represented with at least 1 task. There is no reason why I can’t do at least one "YOU task" every day. There just isn’t.
Today I checked off "BodyPump Class" even though I had to rearrange my schedule to fit it in. I’m not sure I would have been as diligent if I didn’t write it on the to-do.