So I’ve had a lot of things creep up in the last week that I really need to finish for a number of reasons. There’s book stuff, there’s apartment (and general life stuff), and then upcoming June trip to Colorado that I have to get prepped for. So I got the bright idea to write a To Do list.
This was a bad idea.
Let me run you through the process of what writing a To Do list is like for me.
- Start with all things that need to be done soon (i.e. you know there’s a deadline attached).
- Add in things that aren’t really To Do list material, but need to get done anyway. (Such as Rebels vlogging, blog posts I still need to finish, etc). Decide that a few small things that will be easily finished should be added. Crossing things off your To Do list boosts your self-esteem. Except ‘wake up’ and ‘shower’ should be on that list daily. Just because they’re crossed off does not make them optional.
- Figure out that since the list is going to be so micromanaged anyway, I should just put EVERYTHING that I need to work into my routine at some point.
- Pause and look back at “simple” To Do list.
- Realize your To Do list has 33 items. Proceed to cry.
- Add #34: get more tissues.
- With things like #34: get more tissues, big projects like #2: finish edits on WITCH EYES are suddenly so much more massive. Decide that Big items should be split into much smaller projects, thus making them less difficult. So 2: becomes 2A, 2B, 2C, and 2D…
- Realize that this system has just seriously complicated your To Do list and made it nearly unmanageable.
- Do not cry. You still haven’t accomplished #34 and therefore don’t have the tissues you would need.
- Scrap the entire list and start all over.
- Repeat steps 2-10 as needed.
So end result: I have now scrapped my fantastical To Do list and replaced it with seven very big, very important jobs that I have to tackle in the next three weeks. This does not include the suit I will need for the wedding in June, and all the other things that Leah and I still have to plan for all that.
To Do list stress has eaten my weekend, and now its Monday and I have plenty to do to keep me busy. But #4 is still really big, and I think I could probably be a lot more effective if I broke it up into smaller pieces…