Saturday, April 3, 2010

To-Do List Mania

I am a To-Do List junkie. I have one for work and one for home. If I do something that's not on the list, I write it on the list just so I can cross it off. Since I'm on vacation for a week and a half (yay!), my To-Do list was so long I had to type it. This makes me simultaneously efficient and lame.

However, my lists are starting to take over my world. I lay awake at night thinking about all the things on them: Clean the bathrooms, do the laundry, sort the mail, pack away Isabella's winter clothes, etcetera, etcetera. And the thing of it is that it's never *really* finished because once everything is finished and crossed off, it's time for a new list.

It's like these endless and massive Lists have a choke hold on me and I want to be released. I shouldn't be thinking about the sink full of dishes that are waiting for me while I'm giving Isabella her bath. I should be relishing the splashes and squeals. Because when I'm giving her a bath I'm not able to do the dishes, but I'm not fully present with her either and nobody wins.

I need to find some ways to streamline my laundry list of things to be done and get more organized. So how do you busy ladies keep your lives from running over? How do you become more present in your lives? How do you not care that the dishwasher needs to be unloaded before the dishes get that "been sitting in the dishwasher too long smell?" (this is true, try it and you will see).

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Lil'Misa said...

I don't know! I am the same way and my list is never ending as well. =(

bubbleboo said...

Wow, someone else who writes stuff down just to cross it off! Sometimes, I even write appointments in my diary after I've been to them, just so I remember that they were there!

But yes, you do need to somehow find a balance, and I know that this is not easy. Unfortunately, I don't have the secret, and I don't think there are any easy answers! Hang in there, and you will gradually find your feet.

Oh, and “Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest”!

Ally said...

My list is endless and I have very few excuses :(

I'm your newest follower - a fellow SITS.

Enjoy your weekend!

Angie S said...

I love making lists!!

Until I loose it, and then I have to start all over...HA!

It never fails I always misplace my list in the grocery store. Ugghhh...I guess I should tape it to me!

Babes Mami said...

Your the first fellow freakish list maker I've met! I have relaxed on them a bit though, I no longer list daily tasks just things that I usually don't do like put away the winter clothes. I empty the dishwasher while dinner is cooking or clean the living room while the baby is in his room. He goes to bed at 8:30 and I set a timer for 15 minutes and get as much done in that time frame so I won't go crazy and try again tomorrow. I was very upset the first...probably two months of not getting everything done and still have my days (Today I was at my sisters all day and nothings been done) but I try to remind myself playing with the baby is more important then the mess.

Rsgrl said...

I'm totally guilty. I have a running list on my BB. The notepad feature is a BAD thing for me. I get sick pleasure from deleting lines off each of my lists (yes, there are multiple lists). At the end of the day, though, I ask myself if the world is going to end if I don't get one more thing done. No, it's not. But I might miss one of B's smiles or how she likes to snuggle into my shoulder lately. I can always do the dishes later.

homeschoolceo said...

I'm a list maker too. Gradually over time, and after having three kids (plus one on the way) I've realized there is no way I can do it all, all the time. Something has to give. Homeschooling my kids has helped me prioritize what's important to them. Doing things together is much more important (and memorable) than always having a clean house. I have had to relax my rules some.
While it still drives me crazy sometimes, I remind myself of how quickly the time goes. One day soon, they won't want to spend so much time with me..there will be friends and girlfriends and sports etc... said...

I do the same thing - write things on the list so I can cross them off. I's bad, but at least you aren't alone. I've been trying to keep my list under control by doing at least three things each day. It's helping...sort of.

Kisha said...

Ha ha, I wish I would have read this before I wrote my latest post! Because my answer to your question totally is, make a to-do list!:)

One trick I've heard is setting aside a certain time period every day for the cleaning. One hour or whatever that is totally dedicated to cleaning, then you force yourself to leave it alone. The first hour after my kids go to bed (and let's be honest, nap time too)I work on my chores, then just leave them.

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