Micro Entrepreneurism, Simple Living & Art
I’m not sure if its actually true or not, but I feel like I’ve been writing a lot of posts about being busy, having lots to do, and doing lots. And if I haven’t been writing about it a lot, I have most certainly been thinking about it a lot.
I’m an avid to-do list maker, a trait I inherited quite honestly from my mother. I love them so much, that I have a whole notebook dedicated to them. Thing is, I’ve been letting ’em slide lately. Just when you’d think I’d be on to-do list crunch time, I stop making them. I get irritated by the fact that certain things keep lingering. Pesky tasks I never seem to cross off one list, so they just get added to the next. Over and over until I’m finally so tired of looking at them, that I retire them, still uncrossed. This has always just made me feel like a bad to-do lister, which is why I stop to-do listing. Whats the point if I’m not gonna cross everything off right?
The point is to organize the mental bullshit so that I can get on with getting things done. Which I know, which is why I write the to-do lists in the first place. But tonight it was pointed out to me by various commentary I read on the book Getting Things Done that the reason I quit when the going gets tough, when I could really benefit from them, is because I’ve been writing them a little too free form.
All things on a to-do list are not created equal.
A fact, that I might have lost site of. And I most certainly have never taken into account when trying to write and manage my to-do lists.
There are the things that I can directly accomplish, others that depend on other people playing nice. There are things that just can’t be done in one day, and others that can be done in less then a minute. There are things that I want to do, and I want to remember to do, but they aren’t a priority RIGHT NOW, they are an eventually item. These all deserve to be treated differently when writing a to-do list where actually actionable items are key to the success of the mission.
So tomorrow, I’m getting out my notebook, and I starting to-do listing again. First step: have more then one list.
I’m thinking there will be a “Today” list, a “This Week” list, an “Ideas” list, and an “Art/Writing/Friends” list. I’m already thinking the Ideas list might get too big, in which case I’d have to figure out how to break it down further in a way that makes sense, without getting too cumbersome. Four lists seems like plenty, although, I do already write things in more then 4 different places, and that doesn’t make me insane in the least. I quite like my morning journal, my pocket size ideas journal, my blog, my sketchbook, my evening journal and the occasional typewriter rant for good measure.
Based on this random realization that I miss my to-do lists, and I want them back, and not just one, but many, I think I might have to admit to being a member of the land of Geekdom. Anybody with me on this one?