I was reminded of the importance of to-do lists this weekend. I work full time and when the weekend comes around I feel really scattered because there seems to be so much to do. The scatteredness is not a pleasant feeling – I’ll think of a few things I need to do, then start doing one, then think of some more, then feel overwhelmed because there’s so many things to do running through my head.
For a long time I had always wrote a list on the weekends of everything I needed to do, then life turned upside down for a while and I somehow forgot to make my weekend lists. This weekend I had that scattered feeling and I remembered that I used to make a list on the weekends. So I made the list and I immediately felt a lot better.
Just getting all of it out of my head and onto paper where I wouldn’t forget was such a relief. When I would look at the list it seemed like a lot to do but before you know it, I had most of the list complete with time to spare to go out to dinner and shopping with my daughter. The few things that I didn’t do I decided to do on Sunday because they were errands I needed to drive for and I grouped them all together. Got those few things done and there was only one thing left on my list that I decided to do another day because I felt like relaxing.
When everything is written down I don’t feel rushed because then I can see how much time is left in the day, how long those things will take to complete and know there’s plenty of time. When it isn’t written down, there’s no way to see this working out smoothly. I just have a jumbled mess in my head wanting to get them done as soon as possible so they can be out of my head. I can also decide to take something off the list if it isn’t that important and I’d rather do something else. Finally, there’s something gratifying about crossing off the things you did from the list. At the end of the day I can look at my list and see how many things I accomplished.
What are your thoughts? Do you make lists? How have lists helped you? How do you stay on top of things? Would love to hear from you!