Are you a ‘to do’ list person?
I set myself reminders on my phone and make lists in the notes app. I write bullet points in a notebook, stick neon notes on walls and chalk up chores on the blackboard.
The determination is always there to get through it, to enjoy ticking things off. But frequently I find I am frustrated with myself about the things that have gone unticked as I get distracted from the plan. I include things I’ve already completed, or ridiculous items like ‘get the boys to school’ in order to redress the balance. But then I just feel bad about cheating – unlike Pastor Shep!
Today I had a couple of reminders hanging over from yesterday and I woke up in a super energetic and upbeat mood. Half an hour after the boys had gone to school I had aced my list. So I kept going with no list. The chores are mainly (all) really boring. But somehow having the peace and space to do everything in its own time made it weirdly relaxing.
So rather than beating myself about the head with reminders and ‘to-do’s I’m going to write an ‘I did…’ list from time to time and remind myself how much I achieve, however small and whether for others (much much washing in my life) or for me when I acknowledge the importance of taking time out for me and being glad of that.
So, today I did…
…begin the day watching the sunrise on the beach. I meditated (badly) and swam (not very far).
…make a green juice that all the boys drank – mum win!
…reply to the emails I’d been putting off.
…listen to a live lecture of the course I’m taking (usually I manage a recording if I’m lucky).
…stew the plums that looked like they’d been forgotten at the back of the fridge.
…prep supper during the day – something I always mean to do but never manage.
…four loads of washing. And dried, folded and put them away. Felt great!
…tidy my desk.
…apply liberal amounts of aftersun to my poor sunburnt body!
…not get to yoga because of the sunburn, silly me.
…make a phone-call I’ve been putting off.
…sit and enjoy a coffee while reading a new book at my fave cafe.
…take a book back to library on time.
…send out four pitches to editors (fingers crossed!).
…not drink any of the wine I was putting in the risotto.
…not make up an excuse about missing an ingredient in order to buy wine.
…sit and eat supper with my beautiful sons.
…read with all of them before bed.
…have a really early night.
…write this blogpost.
…thank the universe for having my back today.
I do…feel great satisfaction.
Let me know how and if you write lists. Share your ‘I did’ list!
Sorry, you’ll now have that in your head all day!