We all have our own systems of keeping track of tasks needing attention. Some, I’ve heard can actually remember entire lists without the help of paper and pen. I am not one of those and have never known someone with this skill. I think this is folklore.
My lists have evolved over time. I have done the daily lists starting with items needing attention most, restructuring the next day items untouched… which pretty much meant reshifting the whole list, only to redo the whole thing on day three. I’ve done the three a day lists and the weekly lists. And my all time favorite…. put it on the list after completion list. This type of list is a feel good list, not necessarily a get it done list.
I now employ the on-going list. Items needing attention are added to the bottom while previous items wait for attention. On the third day an item gets a red arrow to bring attention to it. Then, as soon as a page is completed, it is tossed. It is ever evolving and never really completed, however, for me at this time, it is working pretty good.
This Do-List was the center of attention at the end of last week. Grandkiddos, Weasy and Scooter were out of school and with me. I was checking over my list as Scooter entered the house with a set agenda, eat and bug me until we head out to his house. I used my do-list as a shield. This is real life I told him… chores before play. Reluctantly he joined in…
One of the most dreaded item for all of us, was the grocery store run, which was made worse by driving all the way to the store only to find out we’d left the list at home. ARGH… In we went anyway determined to do our best.
Home again, we unpacked the car and I put the groceries away. Weasy, sure something had been forgotten, checked items off the list as they were shoved on shelves.
It was then that Weasy decided to grade my do-list as if I was in school.
Next item: bills. (must avoid red arrow on this one)