Sunday, March 14, 2010

The List

Christy here. In my continuing efforts to become organized, I'm exploring different ways of completing tasks. These ideas may not be new to you. As a matter of fact, what I'm blogging about today isn't new to me either. I simply never used it before now - I never had as many responsibilities to keep up with before now.

This week I had a lot going on. Doctor's appointments for the kids, putting the finishing touches on my daughter's 5th birthday party.

I needed to stop by the bank, the post office, the grocery store. Oh, add a field trip in there
and the dentist's office. Add people to call and a few more people to email, and I was ready to pull my hair out. All pertained to issues in the main categories of my life - family, financial, and writing.

So my list was born. I made a list of everything I shared a few sentences ago... The tasks that weren't completed on one day, went on my list for the next day. I remember taking a Time Management class through my employer. Sponsored by Franklin Covey, I remember that course suggested the use of lists. Like I said, this isn't new. I'm no pioneer. But things were getting done. Hooray!

Today I was throwing loose papers away and found one of those lists. I am happy to report everything on the list had been completed.

There's satisfaction in checking something off the list. I was happy I had accomplished some thing, whatever it was.

How does this apply to writing? Well, I suppose I could add writing to my daily list. For me, I think seeing a task every day will help me reach and complete it. It worked with party planning and going to the post office, LOL. Surely that will work with writing.

How do you do it? Are you a list maker? How do you stay on task and manage your days?


  1. Very cute pictures!

    Yes, I make lists, and sometimes I even follow them. However, the only thing pertaining to writing I usually list is just how much time I want to spend on it. That leaves me flexible. One sure way to get myself to NOT do something is to tell myself I have to do it. Therefore, I try not to list specifics, but go with what I feel like doing in the moment.

  2. I agree, there is a satisfaction that comes from checking things off your list. I make lists when I'm feeling overwhelmed and I need to make sure I don't miss anything. I should probably do it every day but, for the most part, it's routine. At least until naptime:-)

  3. Lists are my best friends right now. I have them all over for everything.
    Today, my list saved me money at the grocery. ONLY BUY WHAT'S ON THE LIST.
    My fav thing to do is to put my list (which sometimes consists of one thing) on my purse strap. Yes, I staple it righ there, because frankly if I don't SEE the list--I forget I HAVE the list.

    There will alwasy be something, won't there?

  4. I'm definitely a list maker! I keep my calendar up to date and check it constantly.

    Christy, I love the cute photos!! Thanks for sharing! :)