I find it very helpful to keep a short and sweet to do list. I write exactly five tasks on an index card with a bold Sharpie. Just five! As I buzz (or slog) about my day, it’s easy to remember those five goals. Even my inattentive brain can recall at least a few of the tasks! When I finish one task or get burnt out on it or come to a stall, I switch to another task. As long as I’m working on something on the card, I know I’m making meaningful progress! Of course I also take breaks, but when I’m ready to go again I have a handy list waiting. Rather than check items off as I go, I like to
run them through with a strong black line – they’re gone forever!
Naturally, there are more than five things we need to do in a given day, or week. If there are additional tasks I’m afraid I’ll forget, I write them on the back of the index card in pen or pencil. They are written down, but they aren’t clogging up my mental freeway. Once I run out of my five things, I make a new card and reference that surplus list for ideas. Also, if I cannot complete a task (like the day I wrote down “Fix laptop internet” on the card…) I can swap it out for a different task instead.
What are YOUR five things today? Mine are:
– Pay state taxes for my photography business
– Do two loads of laundry
– Begin packing for my trip
– Read the Bible and pray
– Try out the new blow dry technique I read about
You’ll notice I try to pull from a variety of categories. Self care must ALWAYS be on the list, whether it’s a workout or just putting on makeup. Another big priority for me is my spiritual life, so that has to be on there too! Daily/routine tasks is my third must-have; dishes, laundry, pick up, something commonly reocuring so I don’t get too behind in it. For the other two slots I put in oddball random tasks that need to be done, additional routine tasks, or a deeper cleaning task (like dusting or vacuuming).
I hope I can breeze through my list and start on the back, because I have a lot to do! Even if I don’t get more things done, just those five will mean my house is improved, my family is improved, and I am improved. Strive for progress, not perfection!