Friday, October 16, 2009

Lists . . . Updated!

So, last week Tuesday (that would be 1 1/2 weeks ago) I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish in the period of one week. I thought I would let you know how it went.
  1. Make supper (you like how I have to put this on the list? 5 pm rolls around and I have simply FORGOTTEN to make supper. I have had this jar of dry chili mix sitting on the counter for days. Today is the day!) I have been much better with this, actually making a meal most of the days and having it planned or made by lunch time! Yeah for me!
  2. Put away laundry (the laundry that has been sitting in the basket for days). Well, this is never-ending. Yes, I did put some away but created more so I think I won't put this on the list again - it depresses me that it is always undone!
  3. Clean up my bedroom. (I believe your bedroom should be a sanctuary, a retreat from the chaos that envelops the rest of the house. Our bedroom is the worst room in the house, well, next to the office. See #4). My room is amazingly clean right now (well, for me, anyway). And feels so much like a sanctuary. Especially since I have made the bed everyday - something else I don't usually do. The room looks so pretty when it is clean and tidy! Who would have thought??!!
  4. Clean up the office. Still working on this one.
  5. Vacuum carpets. (The only carpets in our house are in our bedroom and the office. Which are so messy you cannot really see the floor. Thus, #3 and #4.) Did the bedroom but not the office. Not clean enough yet.
  6. Clean up garage from the garage sale. Did a very little bit. Still lots to do. Van still parks outside. You think that would be motivation. Maybe tomorrow?
  7. Post maternity clothes online. Uh, nope.
  8. Decorate for fall. (This I would rather have at #1 and then skip the rest of the list). YES I DID!!
  9. Clean bathrooms. (They are okay for now but won't be when I actually get to this!) Yup!
  10. Sort lego. (Subject for another post another day!) Done!
Lessons learned? Don't make a list with 10 things on it and expect to finish it in one day. Like, really! What was I thinking? So, now I have a notebook with a master list of things that need to be accomplished. I take 3-5 of them and make a daily list. If I get them done, they get checked off the master list, the one that is never-ending, and move on to the next thing. If I don't get it done, it stays on the list until it does. We will see how this goes. My goal is to make myself feel good for having accomplished my list, not make myself feel like a failure because 90% of the list is not completed! Make sense?


  1. making the bed is a great accomplishment and is also the easiest job in that room...that is half the job...way to go!!

  2. You're inspiring me to keep a master notebook! I'm a listmaker too, and I never, ever, ever finish everything on my daily list, and that makes me feel like I haven't accomplished *anything*.

  3. I've been working time management through lists too (hence that whole facebook convo we ladies had). I actually did all of my things today! I was soooo excited. I think that I've also realized that having about 5 or 6 things on my list for the day is more realistic than having a million and feeling overwhelmed. Good Job!

  4. way to go! now come clean my house :)


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