A couple of days ago, when I was thoroughly fed up with them, I thought I would do a post on the necessity and the danger of making to do lists. I didn't get around to it but then on two successive days, two of the bloggers that I follow both complained about the anxiety that lists can cause, but also that they can't live without them. And so it is.
I have a master yearly list, a monthly list, a weekly list and a daily list. I read somewhere that you should always be striving to do more than what you think you can accomplish in a day, otherwise it is cheating to just put on the list the things you know you can cross off at the end of the day. So I follow that advice and most of the time it works. I do push to go that extra mile, and even if I don't scratch off all the items at the end of the day, at least I did something on each one that pushes me forward. My problem is that by following that advice, I put too many things on each list and as I refer to the lists during the day, week, month, year to see how I'm doing, well, I'm always way behind schedule. And that makes me a bit crazy.
Like now. I made a list when we arrived in Mexico that covered everything I wanted to do during the six months we are here. We are down to the last three weeks and I don't even have half of the list completed. The crazy part of me says that if I don't sleep for the next three weeks I can cross off a lot of those unfinished projects. But that's insane and I know it. (One item was pushed off to Arturo who is now painting our bathroom. I'm going to take credit for it though because I had to work a bit to get him to do it. Or better stated, to do it using the color that I picked out. That counts).
My solution? I've started a list of projects I want to do while we are in Chicago. I feel better now.
Here is a project that Arturo has pretty much finished. This is the before picture - I should have taken it with the tree still there. (I'll show you my half-finished projects before we leave on Sept. 21st. Gives me a bit more time).
Have a great Labor Day weekend!