I don’t know about you, but I LOVE lists. To-Do Lists. Top Ten Lists. Avoid These Things Like The Plague Lists. You name it. I love it.
I love to start lists and add to them. I love to write down things I’ve already done just for the pleasure of crossing them OFF.
In fact, why don’t I give you a list of my current lists? OMG. I LOVE THIS IDEA.
- Home Improvement
- Blog Topics
- Items Borrowed
- Items Lent
- Christmas Cards/Addresses
- To Sell
- General To-Do
- Christmas Presents
- Missing Toys
- Essential Oils To Buy
- What I Want My Kids to Learn
- What I Want to Learn
- Several grocery lists by store
- Photo Books to create
- Go Bag/Emergency Disaster
- Things I need to get done by Year End
- 2014 Goals
- 2015 Goals
- Taiwan 2015 Packing List
- Books I Want to Read
- Books I’ve Read
- Shows/Movies I Want to Watch (all queued up on the DVR)
- To Clean
Fine fine fine. Most of these are To-Do Lists – but true fact. I often turn “Top Ten” lists into To-Do lists. Especially when they involve reading books. I CAN’T HELP IT. It keeps my scatterbrain semi-organized.
The only problem is, that despite the fact that these lists help ease my mind in the sense that I won’t forget stuff, it is also a burden weighing on the back of my mind. I constantly feel as if I am under the gun or wasting time. And then, when I finally do have time, I “waste” it by doing the easy things first. (eg: Watching TV or Reading) Oh, let’s be real. I squander my free time by browsing Facebook and Huffington Post.
Of course, I then feel even worse.
It’s not that it is a heavy burden. I know that most of these items, in the grand scheme of things (and besides groceries because OMG FOOD IS VITAL), the world will not end if I don’t get them done. It just feels like I need to get them done and since I love completion, this unfinished business nags and annoys me like I nag and annoy Hapa Papa.
Gosh, I’m irritating.
Anyhow, I thought I’d just get it out there. I know that I must not be the only anal retentive one, right? (Albeit, a somewhat procrastinatey type.) How do you keep the lists serving you versus the other way around? (I’m not really looking for special apps or To-Do lists. Mostly, I just wanted to complain. And cross off an item on my “To-Blog” list.)
Happy Cyber Monday!