Tuesday, February 22, 2011

How can I go to bed when my to-do list isn't finished?

1. Call Barb
2. Call brother (text)
3. relook at library budget line items
4. Practicum student arrives today
5.Check out new magazines
6. blog
7.read

 This is a question I ask myself nearly everyday.  I hardly ever get my entire list done and then everything I didn't get done today gets automatically added to the beginning (or sometimes end) of tomorrow's list.  I feel this constant surge of never quite measuring up.  I have to have just one or two things on my list that are TOP PRIORITY-those I get done (on a good day) and the rest-ho hum.  But then what happens when late in the day  you realize that one of your low priority items really should have been a TOP.

Like today when it dawned on me that my Scholastic Book Fair begins next week and I have yet to get up any of the posters or ready the flyers for students to carry home.  Am I crazy?  How do I let these things slip through the cracks?  I knew the book fair was during conferences and I knew conferences were coming up but next week?? How is February ending so soon?  I did find a cool list making tool online while freaking about my own to-do list.  Check it out here:  http://tadalist.com/?ref=public

Want to view my to-do list for today (notice book fair publicity isn't even on the list!!":

http://peacefulreader.tadalist.com/lists/1862425/public


I did get two baskets of laundry folded (not on the list), I did call Barb for her birthday and talked until my phone died (should have had "charge phone" on the list), and I did spend quality time with Groovy Girl while she did 3 homework projects.  Also I  poked my nose into one of my new magazines (Eating Well) while she was doing her homework.  I found about 10 recipes I wanted to make and several articles worthy of blog posts but I now go to bed without calling Julie and no yoga.  I did text my brother but that doesn't really count.  All I can hope for is a better finish tomorrow.  My plan is to focus and spend 5 minutes in the morning right when I get to school (or maybe at home as I eat my breakfast) and prioritize my list with my date book next to me.  I'll add that item to my list!
 
Are you a list maker?

2 comments:

  1. Some will say don't be so hard on yourself, but while I would agree with that, I think 2 lists are important! One is a "2 do list" and one is a "finished" list! Gives a person perspective on how much a person does in each day. Thank God for teachers....

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  2. I'm a total list maker and I have been so horrible at crossing things off of it lately! Things are about to change though!! My list will diminish . . . My list will diminish . . . My list will diminish . . . Keep repeating! :)

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