Happy Friday and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and New Year. Everyone at my household sure did. Sorry about my two week break. Since we moved, holidays have gotten a little more complicating. We traveled Christmas morning to my parents’ house, had Christmas with our families, and then headed back home that next morning. We were home for two days and then had to head back to Caruthersville for my sister’s baby shower. My little sis will be having her first baby in February and we are all pretty excited about it.
We stayed with my parents until Tuesday and now, we are back home.
So, I am back, refreshed, and ready to connect with y’all and this love of mine again. It may get a little crazy around here in the next couple of weeks. Just bare with me! We will be packing, moving, and setting up our new home through the month of January. And, of course, I will include y’all every step of the way. But, I must admit, I hope the next set of moving posts will be the last for AWHILE!!!
As I was preparing for the new year, I tried to think about what posts would be the most beneficial to y’all and me. A new year means a fresh start for everything! If that is what you choose.
On the top of that list was to do lists. Y’all have heard me talk about my to do lists over and over again on this blog. But, I don’t recall ever sitting down and explaining why in the heck I write them…. until now.To Do Lists…
1. Keep me Focused & Motivated.
My daily to do lists keep me focused. The older I get, the more my mind tends to wander. I have been told that it is because I have so many things running through my mind at one time. I guess when I was younger I didn’t have nearly as many responsibilities, so I could remember everything plus some.
Even when I was younger, you know, early twenties, I still made to do lists. And, I had a college roommate (who is still one of my best friends) that shared my joy. It really does help keep you focused when you share a passion with someone else.
If I have a list of tasks that I need to get done in a given day, it is like a challenge to my brain. “Here is the game and the tasks you have to complete to win the game” immediately pops in my head. And, that is all the motivation I need.
I have never been a sports fanatic because I was always scared I wouldn’t be good at any sport I tried. I have a problem with failure! But, attainable tasks definitely give me a competitive edge… against myself!
If I know what needs to be done and it is right there in my face, then I want to get it done as fast as possible so I can say that task is done.
2. Give me a Sense of Accomplishment.
You know the roommate I just mentioned? Well, we both shared (and, still share) the same love for marking things off of our to do lists. It was amazing having a roommate that shared the same excitement over picking up a pen and drawing a line through something.
And, I still get giddy over picking up that pen and making that awesome line.
I immediately get this internal sense of accomplishment and almost like I should pat myself on the back for a job well done. I know, it might be a bit overboard. But, I just can’t help it.
Meeting goals makes me HAPPY!
3. Make me Goal-Oriented.
The sense of accomplishment I get when I mark out something on my list helps keep my eye on the goal. I know what needs to be done, so I try my best to accomplish them. Setting goals, even if they are small ones, makes life even better.
4. Keep me Knowledgeable.
This mommy has major mommy brain. When I was pregnant, I said it was pregnancy brain. Well, it didn’t go away once my little ones were born. So, I guess I developed mommy brain. You know, where you seem to forget everything! I really think as a parent we have so much to worry about that random thoughts pop in our head all the time. And, it is really hard to grab one of them to concentrate on unless we write them down.
So, I am a huge fan of the Post-It note. If I have something I need to remember, I must write it down or I will forget.
My to do lists are very important because if I can see what needs to get done daily, then I am more likely to accomplish them.
I must be well informed! And, well informed means writing things down.
5. Remind me that Change is OK.
It is impossible to get every task on every to do list done. In my opinion, I really don’t think they are meant to work that way. I may accomplish almost every task on each to do list, but very seldom do I accomplish every… single… thing. And, I have learned that it is ok. What doesn’t get finished today will start tomorrow’s to do list.
And, many times, I will create a to do list and it will change throughout the day. Sometimes, it changes because I realize that a certain task isn’t that important or some other task is more important than the one I wrote down. Or, my absentmindedness plays a role and I totally missed something the first time around.
And, it is ok… Life is about change and we just have to roll with it.
In a nutshell, to do lists make my life less stressful and more organized. And, those things…
Make me Happy!
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