What is the point of writing a To Do List if you’re going to ignore it? That’s exactly what I did this week, and I’m slightly annoyed with myself.
I’m not a To Do List enthusiast; at least I never was. The thought of writing down lots of things to do felt more like a list of things I wouldn’t do very well, or wished I had time to do. It was a reminder of my procrastination habit, the distractions I had welcomed into my life, my lack of self-belief, and my indecision as to what I wanted ‘to do’ with my life.
I still have my last three annual diaries. Not to muse over, and certainly not to remind me of how productive I was (there are more blank pages than noted accomplishments), but because the A5 paper is of such nice quality I want to use them as sketchbooks! Now, there’s an idea for a project…
Maybe I’ve missed the point. Maybe a To Do List could provide a little structure for my personal project work. It could eliminate my ‘blank page syndrome’ when just a couple of empty sketchbook pages leave me fidgeting nervously before I wander off to do some ironing. I could even set some deadlines to indicate forward progress along my path.
I bought a weekly desk planner a few months ago, and have just got around to using it. Rather than a diary where you literally see the days passing you by (eek!), I thought an undated weekly planner would be better for me because there are no dates attached to it. Then if I choose to repeat a week, or miss one (shhh, tell no-one), that would work. So, these past two weeks I set myself a timetable:
Monday – illustration; Tuesday – watercolour; Wednesday – drawing. Repeat for the next three days, and on Sunday I’m free to choose.
With this as an outline, I added a short list of tasks the night before each day, depending on the time I had available (and what housework I needed to do). But I only stuck with it for just over a week, and even then got distracted more often than I’m going to admit.
How do you ensure you do your To Do List? Please share your tips in a comment.
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