I have this constant list of things that need to be done. The list is constantly floating through my mind like a cloud of expectations, with some things popping up and other things being forgotten and just floating away. Constantly reviewing this list is mentally and emotionally exhausting. I know that writing these things down and making a physical list can help remove that mental stress and improve willpower, but I have resisted. I can’t quite articulate why I’ve resisted. I’ve tried it in the past, and I think I was trying to micromanage it, putting too many details into my list on Remember-the-Milk, and then like so many things I abandoned it in frustration.
I’m going to try something different today. I’m going to make a list, right here, and sort it by due dates (if any). I’m going to number the list. Then I will be able to use my dice, and whenever I have a moment and feel like Getting Things Done, I can come to my list and pick a task. I can come back to the list and see due dates approaching, so I can make more time for things as it becomes necessary. Perhaps I can make this a regular feature.
- September 1, 2013: Send teacher contractor paperwork to Foster.
- September 17, 2013: Plan syllabus for Vikings class.
- September 17, 2013: Set up display for Foster open house day.
- September 20, 2013: Send broken Kindle back to Amazon.
- September 30, 2013 (?): Get a logo made to specs for the Witches’ Ball program.
- October 1, 2013 (?): Write two articles as a job interview for a magazine column.
- October 18, 2013: Get proper price tags set up for vending.
- December 31, 2013: Get Kender’s Making a Match video completed.
- Research Freya in light of Áine’s project.
- Litter-train the bunny.
- Set up Pixel’s Cage of Protection.
- Fix broken bits of the house.
- Scan old school paperwork.
- Fix dining room bookshelves.
- Sort games and books on hutch.
- Plan the garden.
- Update my etsy shop.
- Send useless GPS device back to Autism Alliance.
- Get new shoes for Liam and Kender.
- Put up a fence around the yard.
- Pick up the last Kender donation can still in the wild.
- Work on seasonal decorating around the house.