To-do lists are my energizing principle. Where there is a to-do list, there is a path of action. Action helps get things done. This week is lining up to be busy. I’m flying to Dallas today, teaching on Tuesday, and flying back Tuesday evening so we can start the bathroom remodel on Wednesday. The class I’m teaching needed some extra prep, so that got done today, along with printing the completion certificates, prepping the class, and creating the Keynote that goes with it. There is still a suitcase and messenger bag to be packed.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. And for a while, it looked like I would. That’s the job of a to-do list, too. It’s not just what you have to make happen, it also helps me know when each step has to be done. The best order to get things done. What looks overwhelming when just the length of the list can be seen, looks different from a one-at-a-time approach.
Don’t worry about what isn’t done tomorrow while concentrating on what needs doing today. Tomorrow is set up, on a list, but right now, I’m working on today’s list. Feeling overwhelmed comes from thinking I have to do everything at once. As long as my focus is on the task at hand, I can stay in action and move ahead.
True, there is not much wiggle room. But then again, if I move in a straight line, it should work. And that makes me feel . . .not overwhelmed.
There is a connection to this about identity and habits, but that’s tomorrow’s post.
–-Quinn McDonald loves lists more than necessary. But enough to keep from getting overwhelmed.