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My To-Do List’s To-Do List

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This morning I gave everyone on twitter and Facebook a good laugh when I said…

"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.



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Discussion

There are 9 comments so far.

    Theresa

    March 30, 2012

    Love it Roni!
    To Do Lists are the key to me getting things done that I would otherwise put off if they were not written down!

    Going to go get that to do list written for the weekend!

    I think we should all make to do lists like yours then put the “you” task at the top to remember to put ourselves first from time to time! :)

    Roz@weightingfor50

    March 30, 2012

    I’m a big “to do” lister. My husband teases me that I have lists of lists….my work list, my home list, my grocery list etc, etc. Love the “you” list!!! Have a wonderful Friday.

    Barbara

    March 30, 2012

    I had a to do list.
    Got all mess up when I got that phone call this morning. My son had a accident on his way to work.
    OH he is fine. but it mess up my day but i won’t let it affect my eating. I will keep that the same.
    have a grat day everyone,

    tracy

    March 30, 2012

    I like this as long as every once and awhile all three lists say “have fun”. Some days we just need to live in the moment.

    roni

    March 30, 2012

    That would go under the YOU tasks!
    Kind of the point of my post although I may not have expressed it well enough. :)

    Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me

    March 30, 2012

    Oh, I’m great at making lists. There’s always a disconnect, though, between making the list and doing the things on the list.

    I agree with Thea – making the list is the easy part. It’s the follow through! It’s not that I think I need to get everything on my list done or anything, but sometimes I colossally waste time (like surfing the net)and do things that don’t contribute to anything worthwhile instead following my to-do list. I totally agree that we often neglect the “you” part of lists. So often, it’s work, work, work, wash dishes, do laundry, pay bills, etc. I’ll try putting “me” things on my list.

    Dana

    April 1, 2012

    I am a ‘to do list’ type of person! I swear by one at work and for my master’s degree coursework but have totally slacked off on my personal one.