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  • #158448

    Betharu
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    I love making lists and then, having the satisfaction of crossing things off.

    Every night, before I go to bed, I make a list of items I want to accomplish the next day. During the week, it is 10 items – due to the time constraints of that little thing I call a job. On the weekends, it is usually 15 to 20 items.

    Now don’t get scared – they are all not heavy duty items like scrubbing the bathroom floor or cleaning out my closets. Today’s list has such items as emailing a friend about scheduling a dinner, renewing my vehicle registration online, and sending a donation in memory of a friend’s father.

    I have only two rules –
    [1] I don’t put on the list anything I should be doing as a regular part of living – i.e. making my bed, cleaning the cat’s litter box, etc.
    [2] Anything that doesn’t get done goes to the top of the list the next day.

    Anyone have similar systems?

  • #163858

    Sky
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    The List of Fifteen

    I, too make a list every night of my goals for the next day. Plus I have a running list of things to do around my house. I usually have 3 things per day on my list to accomplish in addition to regular chores. 10 is a very lofty ideal!

  • #163969

    Claycat
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    Gosh, trillie, procrastination is my biggest problem, too. It’s right up there with lack of energy.

  • #163973

    bandicoot
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    *stop procrastinating* is top of my list too.
    but i always put it off until the next day.

  • #163981

    bandicoot
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    ooooo yes! listing the most unappetizing item first, and getting it done, and ticking it off, gives me such enormous momentum that the rest of the list almost finishes itself.
    it’s a smart little strategy for people like me who need to trick ourselves from time to time.

  • #163984

    Claycat
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    A lot of time management people call that “Do the worst first!”, bandicoot! I agree that seems to be a good idea. Now, if I can just get myself to do it… 🙂

  • #163985

    Claycat
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    LOL! Right after I posted that about the worst first, I checked out Unclutter’s link for March 27, and that was in the first link!

  • #164008

    bandicoot
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    laetitia, i’ve struggled with that one all my life.
    i am slowly learning that it’s better to finish a thing than to wait around endlessly until it is finished perfectly.
    because we know it’s NEVER finished perfectly!

  • #164013

    Claycat
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    Gosh, I sure am in good company here! Unrelenting standards?! I will definitely have to check that out! That sounds like me! Eek!

  • #164014

    Claycat
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    I may have that combined with rebelliousness! Awful!

  • #164064

    chacha1
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    I think keeping a list of 10 or 15 to-do’s would have me feeling constantly pressured. I keep a running “projects” list and a calendar, with the major things I’ve committed to do marked on the calendar and everything else on the projects list.

    I don’t commit to more than one evening/social thing on weekdays, unless there’s a looming deadline (like right now, DH and I are in heavy prep for a competition so it’s “practice” or “meet coach at studio” or “add more rhinestones to ballgown”).

    I know perfectly well that most days I am not going to have the time or energy to work on projects after coming home from the office, so I don’t feel bad about leaving those things for the weekend – and thus off any sort of daily to-do list.

    I’m looking at my desk, though, and I see that I have my list of ideas for blog posts, my calendar & project list, and some emails from my Mom all out in front of me, and this morning had two other things that I’ve since taken care of (thank heaven for Internet access), so I guess in a way I have my “list.”

  • #164196

    Mercury600
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    There is an amazing iPhone/iPod app for this: Today.

    It’s a simple list, clean interface and arranges things by “Today” “Yesterday” “Tomorrow” and “Someday”. The app can be set to auto populate the day with the stuff you didn’t get done the day before.

    I LOVE IT.

  • #164202

    terriok
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    There is some mind-boggling research down by Seth Godin about the “reptilian brain”. That refers to the limbic portion of the brain that is basically used for survival.

    I have been battling with it constantly. I wake up and proceed to nag myself to do things that I am going to do anyway- like brush my teeth etc. I get down on myself for getting down on myself and have been at a loss as how to control it.

    But his research has truly “reframed” my thinking.

    Instead of getting down on myself for nagging myself I have been thanking my reptilian brain. “Thanks for the reminder!” It is doing its’ job and has been doing it quite well. It is actually comforting (and I never thought I’d get there).

    The same can be extended insofar as perfectionism is concerned. I also tend to be super-organized or not.

    Yet no one does everything or anything (for that matter) perfectly so just do the best you can and let it go. Easier said than done I know!

    I have hoarding tendencies and have had them since I was a little kid. A lot of it is related to PTSD which I confirmed with a psychologist from “Hoarders”.

    One can take photos of stuff you really do not want to part with but no longer need. I also think in terms of how much space an item is going to take up. I learned that from travelling. No one received sombreros from México from me- silver or turquoise or black coral is pretty and is light.

    I save political (etc) buttons and I can have a entire collection and so what? I have that much room easily. Books are a real problem but I love them with a passion so I am just trying to keep the ones I really want.

    Now many books are public domain so I do not need all the classics. I can find them free on Gutenberg. Almost all info can be obtained online. And anything else you can find on Ebay and/or Amazon!

    Seth’s research really is focused on creativity. I need to delve into it. I am a great one for the unattainable. If I cannot do it perfectly… well… I get sidetracked. I love arts and crafts and have so much “stuff” but I found a neat rolling cart and everything is at least under control. I am not ready to part with the cool stuff and that is okay. I forgive myself. (Or I am trying.)

    I’ll move on to what I can get done.

    Same goes for writing. I love to write with a passion. I have routinely been writing 20 page letters since I was a kid. I excel at it. All that practice sure helped. But I want to write perfectly. I also get too many ideas (same thing with crafts). Just like insofar as this comment is concerned. HA!

    Also a few years ago, most of my stuff was stored with relatives. I had very little stuff. It was not the answer to all my problems.

    But the most effective therapy is watching an episode of “Hoarders’! LOL.

    “Yumm, tamales!”

  • #164208

    Claycat
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    So, terriok, do you have a blog? You like to write, and you write interesting things. If you don’t have a blog, you need to start one! 🙂

  • #164209

    terriok
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    Thanks! I do have a blog which I started recently!

    http://irishpiratequeen1.blogspot.com/

    Please join! I’ll pay you! ;o)

    By the way, Claycat, what did you teach?

  • #164210

    Claycat
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    Thanks for the link, terriok! I taught elementary school, mostly 4th and 5th, but I have taught other grades, too.

  • #164211

    terriok
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    I taught pre-k through fifth but mostly third (bilingual)- my favorite grade. I enjoyed the fourth graders but whoa! fifth graders!!!

  • #164218

    BarbaraTako
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    I like to prioritize my list and try to do the most difficult and important stuff first, but I agree, sometimes it is just important to make progress and get rolling, so sometimes the easiest stuff will get done first.

    I try to put the “people” items at the top of the list: making doctor appointments, calling friends, arranging get-togethers. If I take care of the people in my life, the rest will follow.

  • #164342

    Zoidbert
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    The List of Fifteen

    A quote from Mark Twain always comes to mind when I have things to do that I don’t want to do:

    “If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be wonderful.”

  • #164343

    badkitti
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    The List of Fifteen

    An old boss made me keep an ongoing task list – muh more than 15 items! – and its a good habit to get into. However she’d check my list every night, say which she wanted done as a priority, and I’d get in before her in the morning to start. Then when she’d arrived she’d ask me why something else on the list hadn’t been done instead. Grrrr.

    I have used that habit in jobs since though – very handy to have a pad of scrap paper on my desk especially to note down small but important tasks that might get lost otherwise.

  • #211843

    poodle
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    I’m not too big on lists for small, everyday things, because they rarely stray from the norm. And also the procrastination thing affects me BIG TIME.

    But, I’ve got a project at home coming up that will need a pretty detailed list: I’ll be pulling up my gross carpet and putting down laminate wood floors in about month!!! I’m so excited. I’ve got to make a list of what needs to be done when, what needs to be bought (even though I already know), and when things are packed, where they’re going. Some big things are going to my parents house, so I need to include when those items need to be moved on my list. I hope to start on my lists this weekend. Not procrastinating at the moment, it’s just going to be a busy week, and over the weekend I think I’ll have time to sit down and focus.

  • #211859

    chacha1
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    The List of Fifteen

    Home improvements DEFINITELY require lists! Otherwise you find yourself making five increasingly-annoyed trips to the hardware store.

    Poodle, you are going to love having that carpet out of there. I am envious.

  • #211868

    poodle
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    My parents have hard wood floors in their house, so growing up that’s all I knew. When I bought my house 7 years ago, I was excited about the carpet because I had never had it before. I don’t know how old it is. I’ve been there for 7 years, the people before me 5 years, and the original owners moved in the early 1960’s. Thankfully, the carpet isn’t shag – it never would have lasted past signing the papers! It was probably put down in the mid 90’s. The previous owners had a 5 year old boy, and I have a dog. So it’s definitely time to get rid of it. Sometimes it feels like new stains appear overnight.

  • #211870

    chacha1
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    LOL, ewww.

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