I struggle as much as the next gal with my list of tasks. Some say to limit it to 6 things, or 8, or some other arbitrary number meant to keep us from overloading our day. I’ve never been good at limiting the number of things on my list. I could add to that thing all day.
I love to cross things off. I’ll even admit to writing a thing or two on the list after I’ve done it, just so I can cross it off. On a good day I can complete at least a dozen things. On a lazy day, maybe 4 or 5.
After the exhilaration of crossing off those tasks, I like to have that list out of my head. I hate spending too much time thinking “what was I going to do?” A nice long list means I won’t forget what needs done, right?
Planning my list out too far is troublesome for me though. Obviously if there is something that has to get done on a particular day, then I note that. Otherwise I might not feel like cleaning the refrigerator on Tuesday. Or ironing on Thursday.
Making out a weekly to-do list solved most of my problems. I love my weekly lists. That list can be long. It can encompass a lot. And yet is stays flexible.
When I am particularly motivated, I can conquer a good chunk of that list. If I have a hectic day I can just do one or two things. Keeping in mind that the goal is to complete the list by the weekend helps me pace myself. I learned the hard way not to leave 80% of it for Friday.
I no longer spend time rewriting the things I didn’t do today on tomorrow’s list. I don’t worry that I forgot something. And I spread the sense of accomplishment over the whole week, enjoying all those crossed off items.
My weekly list tends to run from Monday to Friday and then I make a separate weekend list. Have you ever tried a weekly list? Or do you find daily lists work best for you?