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Mar 02 2011
7 years ago
2:29 PM MST

I Can't Live Without My Daily "To Do" List

Mar 02, 2011 @ 2:29 PM MST
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“How do you do it all?” I get asked this question a lot. And the answer will always be that I don’t do it ALL… not even close to it all. You can check out this video for details on me not doing it all! πŸ˜‰

I thought, though, I would let you in on one way I maintain my sanity… because there are days when I want to pull out my hair, scream and yell and kick my legs (yes, just like my children do – it’s what I call an adult temper tantrum). There are even days when I just don’t want to get my butt out of bed. We have all been there. Whether we care to admit it or not, everyone has a bad day or two or three. Or if you’re like me, it may be a weekly occurrence.

Besides trying to laugh at myself on these “Off” days of mine, I make lists. Yes, I get out a piece of paper and a pencil to make a list. It’s a very simple task, but one that works wonders for me. It all started last year…

I would tell my hubby that I was stressed out and that there just wasn’t enough time in the day. I would then start going on and on about all the things I needed to do. From cleaning out the fridge to making dental appointments for the kiddos to getting my coupons organized and keeping up with my blog. I felt as if these tasks were huge and overwhelming. Now as I write this, I sit back and laugh at myself. I mean these tasks seem so little compared to what so many people have to deal with on a daily basis.

Every single time I get in these “poor me” funks, my hubby looks at me, trying so hard to force away a smirk ( as I know he finds it quite funny that I am so upset and frustrated over all these little tasks I feel I have to do). Now to clarify, he’s not smiling because he finds it funny that I’m upset… but he’s smiling because he doesn’t quite understand why I am so upset. To him these “Big” deals really aren’t “Big” deals at all.

One day, when I was going on and on about all I had to do, he said “Make a list”. That’s all it took and my light bulb turned on.

List making is one thing that has helped me tremendously. I feel more organized, not so overwhelmed and I am getting stuff done in a more efficient manner. I make a new list every single morning. I also have a monthly list for ongoing projects I am trying to accomplish. I cannot tell you how much making these simple lists has changed my outlook and freed up much needed time I thought I didn’t have.

When I write stuff down on paper, I see it clearly! And for some reason when it’s all written, it seems like there’s a lot less to do then when I am thinking about it all in my head. And I absolutely LOVE crossing through the “To Dos” on my list. It feels like such an accomplishment.

Do you make lists? I’d love to hear! If you don’t, I strongly encourage you to give it a try.

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