My hubs and I have been having a little argument, ahem, discussion lately about how to manage our never ending “list” of things we need to do. I am a list maker, he is not.
I make things to do today lists, and things to do later lists, things to buy lists, and changes to make lists, I like to make all kinds of lists.
Hubs is not a list maker. Ever. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him make any kind of list. He thinks that they are pointless because they just make you feel like you didn’t get anything done, and that you still have so much left to do. He says that he just does what he needs to do, when it needs to be done, and then moves on.
I did a little impromptu, unplanned experiment over the last month, partially because I was really busy, and partially because I wanted to see if what he was saying was really true – that since I usually put way more on my list than I could ever get done it makes me feel overwhelmed and inadequate.
So, for most of the month of January and beginning of February, I didn’t make lists. No to-do lists, or meal plans, or schedules for the day. No things I’d like to get done lists, or things I need to buy lists. About the only lists I made were my reading list and my green changes to make list, but those don’t really count because they really don’t affect things on a day to day basis.
And this is what happened. Instead of realizing that I felt overwhelmed because of my lists, I found that I was completely lost without them. They help me to stay on track. They help to keep me focused. The help me to be intentional about what I do with my time. Instead of feeling free to do what I needed to do, when I needed to do it like hubs said, I felt overwhelmed and inadequate without them.
So, I’m going back to list making, starting this week. I made a meal plan, I have a list of things to do this week, and I am feeling much better than I have in a while.
So, all of that is a big long intro about me and my lists, just to get to the question of the day:
Do you make To-Do lists?
Do you like to make lists?
What do you use your lists for?
Do lists help you to stay on track, or make you feel overwhelmed by all you have to do.
If you don’t make a list do you feel free, or lost?
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