to-do lists

Jul 11, 2016 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
Sometimes I over plan my to-do lists...and by "sometimes" I mean daily. I always put more on the list than I could possibly accomplish in a 24-hour  period. I do this on days when I have to be at work and I do this on days where I work from home and it used to drive my OCD tendencies crazy to not finish every single thing on my list. I haven't gotten rid of all of my OCD tendencies (I will likely NEVER be okay with a messy white board and will likely always still grab 5 cookies instead of 2 cookies...the former because it's just messy and distracting and the latter because...cookies.) Now I am okay with unfinished tasks on my to-do list. I consider them more of guidelines than hard fast tasks. I have a lot I want to get done and to-do lists keep me focused. I have my work tasks on my to-do lists even though they don't change from week to week...Mondays are always the same, so are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, etc. etc. etc. And as much as I love the predictability and routine (I tell myself I love it weekly)...I know something will slip through the cracks with the auto-pilot that occurs with cycle, rinse, routine tasks. I have my health tasks on my list. I am working out almost every day. I am drinking more water. I am working on it. The list reminds me to get it done. The majority of my to-do list (and if you know me at all, this should not be a surprise) is my author life tasks. And yes, the same projects are on the to-do list each day because if I just said "Write a Chapter" or "Edit something" then I would (once again) have ALL my projects out of the toy box, which is fun, of course, and keeps me entertained, is not conducive to finishing things. And right now I really need to finish more things or else everything will fall apart. I don't have time for things to fall apart right now. It's not on the to-do list.