My To-Do List screams at me. Like papers on my desk, it multiples. There's an Amish saying I've seen in tourist traps: The faster I go, the behinder I get.
How do I keep something helpful from turning into a monster? I've discovered a secret. I split my To-Do List in two. One list contains the big picture with everything that pops up in life, while the other is a daily list of priorities.
Here's a sampling of my Big Picture:
1) Write church blog.
2) Email update
3) Promised book review for friend (due in January)
7) Write out Christmas cards.
8) Christmas gift list. (I list each person, and jot ideas next to their names.)
9) Update bookkeeping and pay bills.
10) Call health insurance.
My devotional time and seeing Mom is a recurring item on all lists. Also, my Big List is much larger than what I've shown here.
My Daily Lists:
2. Pay bills
4. Cancel appointment and re-schedule.
You may have noticed that writing doesn't show up on any of these lists. I confess: I'm in a slump right now. I'm thinking about writing. I'm praying for direction on what to do with my trilogy. But...words are stuck like a chicken bone in my throat. (Yeah, I need a creative Heimlich maneuver.)
This post isn't about my writing woes though. The shorter lists help me take a bite out of that big elephant, while the longer list reminds me there are other things on the agenda. Each one has a deadline. By scheduling the items on my dailies, they get done in a timely fashion.
By the way, my blog skin has disappeared. At least, I can't see it. Can you? Argh. Another thing to add to my list!
Writers and Readers: So, what do you think of my lists? How do you keep from feeling overwhelmed by all the "things you gotta do?"