Got one? That dreaded “to do” list?
Mine actually helps me 🙂
Making lists didn’t used to be productive for me. Then I read something in a Womans Day magazine some years back that really made it work by putting a new perspective on it.
A “to do ” list is a memory aid filled with SUGGESTIONS not a MUST do thing.
How is it helping ?
Well, – we have a big scribble board -with four columns
We keep a NEED list- if one of us wants something or needs something the next trip to town it goes up here . The understanding si that these are budget dependent , of curse.
Then there is the one with the Day of the week and the Date up there for us old folks whose memories aren’t functioning well til there is a pot of coffee on board LOL- this is where the TODAY’S WORK is listed- We try to keep it down to three major items- that way it is not too overwhelming. If one doesn’t get done – it just stays up the nest day-IF it is super important on the priority list it gets a time frame set out- this means – get that one done ASAP!
The third one is for Neill’s reminders-his things he wants to remember
and the fourth is MINE – things I need to do in town – or business calls to make – orders to fill etc.
It is surprising how much this helps- also, when we have volunteers it let’s them know what next , if we are out of pocket for some reason.
We do keep a separate chore board – the everyday stuff spelled out for our volunteers- or us , if we happen to be in a time with no volunteers here.
The board is also a place to scribble where you are going if you hike- not intended as an intrusion, but a safety feature- if it gets dark -are you upstream or downstream – were you headed to town?
It truly has helped us get a load more accomplished to keep our lists.