We arrived home a little over 2 days ago after being away for almost 3 weeks. There was the inevitable washing and ironing as well as grocery shopping but there seemed to be a million and one other things whirling around in my head that required my attention.
So, the first step was to write a list.
I started writing this on Wednesday evening and have worked through many of the items but there are plenty left to do. Some may not even get done but that is OK. I know that some people advocate against “endless ‘TO DO’ lists” but I find that the clarity that a list provides far outweighs any perceived pressure.
I don’t have fancy journals or bulletin boards – just a simple unused notebook is sufficient. I add things to it as I think of them and there is no specific time-frame so it is more of a memory prompt than anything else.
My list is a mix some regular tasks – washing, ironing, handwashing, digital tasks – send email to ………, update Outlook calendar, clear out inbox, food preparation – cut up pineapple, make Tabasco sauce and completely miscellaneous jobs such as writing up notes for a presentation of our Scotland holiday photos.
List-making minimises the stress of feeling like I am juggling too many balls, provides a reminder of what needs to be done and provides a sense of focus and accomplishment as I tick things off the list.
What about you? Lists? Yes or no?