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Thursday, May 19, 2011

My "to do" list for today

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Some days are all plan and no do. Actually, I did more than is on the list: sat in swing for a bit, ate leftovers, sorted papers, etc.

The list

*Write and hand deliver a business letter. Written and resting until tomorrow's edit.
*Take donations to thrift store. They are in the car, at least. That is the hardest part.
*Pack books and seal in boxes. Two done.
*Return a blouse that has a seam coming out. In the car.
*Take meat not saved during the tornado to feral bridge cats. In the car
*Take a picture for my blog.
*Get rid of soup. On the curb for free.
*Box up two items that are in the way. Don't have right size boxes!
*Wash two loads of clothing. Done
*Hang two loads of clothing. Done
*Bring in clothes. Done. One load was a rinse only of three pair of black pants.
*Fold clothes
*Crush cans
*Drop videos in library drop. Does it count if they are in the car now, ready for tomorrow?
*Call Tupperware to replace cracked seals and bowls Done. And, it took over an hour.

Okay, so I write an ambitious list. But the day is not done yet. It is only 6 pm.

The blouse, old meat, donations, and videos are in the car. That should count for something. I want to make one trip for all that. Damned can crusher. I feel obligated to at least make it pay for itself. Folding clothes is for movie watching time. The first draft of the letter is written. Tomorrow, I can revise and print.

For some reason, I cannot take a picture of a crocheted item without the item looking blurry. I have taken similar pictures before, so I still should be able to do it again.

I am eating leftovers today, not driving much, and not using the ac--all to be parsimonious. Tonight, I will return blouse, videos, and feed the bridge cats. Really, I hate waste! Even if I were wealthy, I would still keep to my not spending ways.

Tomorrow, I can deliver the letter, make cold call, and deliver the thrift donations. And, I still have leftover chicken and roast for the weekend.

As usual this time of day, 7 P.M., the chickens need their dinner cooked and cage lined with newspapers.

The chickens have been in for three hours and I just finished the call to Tupperware, a post in its own right.

I function better with a visible list. Then, I can scan and prioritize. At the end of this day, I am exhausted but happy I accomplished so much. Okay, some things are only in the car yet marked off. Some days, getting things to the car is the hard part.

Your turn
Are you a veteran list maker like a am, chronically held, addicted by the need to list?

8 comments:

  1. I used to keep running lists in my head but I started to forget all about them so I have to write things down now! I write a weekly list and anything I don't get done gets carried over to the next week which is usually the case for me.

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  2. LindaM, same here on lists in head and forgetting. My lists run to the next day. All that is not marked off goes to a new list and more is added daily. I use this as a tool to remind myself that I actually do accomplish things. Often, the mundane is included, like wash dishes or take trash to road. Otherwise, I conclude at the end of the day that I have done nothing and feel tired.

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  3. I am a list maker. It really helps me get things done as well as have a feeling of accomplishment when I see all those items crossed off.

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  4. BLD,Since my energy supply is as short as my memory is some days, it does help to look back and say, "Yes, I did lots today and met deadlines I set."

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  5. I used to be a list maker but haven't lately. your post makes me want to revisit the practice. thx, Linda!

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  6. Dmarie, I fall off that wagon occassionally, and important things don't get done. All the little piddly things pile up. Then, I get disgusted and restart listing.

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  7. I am a chronic list maker too. I feel much more organized when I have everything written down in my little notebook. It's small enough to keep in my purse or on my bedside table. I use it for my to-do list, a list of meals I want to make, grocery list, errands, packing list, etc. My husband uses electronic gizmos to keep up with his list, but I am a paper gal all the way.

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  8. GV,just last night, I decided a very small notebook was just the ticket for my purse and my life right now.

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