The problem is, I create too many bloody lists.
I write one list on the magnetic notepad on the fridge, I make another on a virtual post-it note on my computer desktop, I scribble another in a page of my weekly planner, another on a white board I bought specifically for VERY IMPORTANT lists, and one on a random scrap of paper that will probably be lost under the sofa within a few hours.
Oh, and one more list: the mental list that I construct in my head at around midnight when I'm supposed to be asleep and which, of course, is entirely pointless and by the morning has dissolved into forgettable crumbs mixed with fragments of dreams that won't ever be retrieved or pieced together again.
Why do I insist on doing that?
All these lists - the scraps of paper, the act of writing them out by hand - they make me feel organized. And for someone like me - huge procrastinator and organizationally-challenged - lists are important. They make me feel better.
But - and it's a gigantic but (no butt jokes please) (because I have a small butt) (hahaha) (you see, I'm distracted again), somehow, the things listed on my lists, don't seem to get done...
For instance, for the past two weeks, there's been one common task written on all of my different lists: to renew a membership with a professional association (which I need, in order to practice my job). I have all the information I need and I know what to do and yet, somehow, I haven't gotten around to it. The most likely outcome is that I'll leave it until two days before the final deadline, and then stomp around the house complaining that some unknown entity keeps mysteriously stealing my stuff.
So, to conclude, I am superb at making to-do lists, and completely crap at carrying out the things on the list. Which? Is a problem.
And so, I made a list of things I need to do, to be better at making lists. Because that is not at all insane.
- Stick to ONE master list.
- Destroy all other lists.
- Stop using paper on which list is written as coaster / cloth for wiping up spills / paper airplane.
- Set time limit in which to complete items on list.
- Give myself a reward for completing items on to-do list on time. (I think this one is definitely going to help)
How about you readers? How do you get around to everything on your to-do list?