If I told y’all that I was easily overwhelmed, you wouldn’t be surprised, right? I’m sure I’ve made mention of this many times on the blog–and really given my tendency to take on ALL the things, I guess it makes sense. I keep thinking to myself that if I could just get organized, that life would fall into place and my days would run much more smoothly.
Lately, I’ve been feeling particularly overwhelmed. Work has been busier than normal (a good thing!), and the girls are keeping me on my toes in the mornings and evenings. Plus…that 31 week coconut I’m carrying around is starting to really exhaust me. My energy levels are much lower than I remember them being with either of my other pregnancies, and I keep wondering how I still have 9 weeks to go.
But mostly I feel overloaded. And overwhelmed. I went to twitter, as I often do, and several people told me to write it all down. I grabbed a blank piece of paper and started brainstorming all of the things that I wanted to get done. Big things, small things–every single thing I could think of (though I have not added blogging type things to my list). The picture above is of my second iteration of the to do list after my first one fell apart after being handled so many times.
How’s the list going?
As you can see–I have some big items on the list–things that probably won’t get done for weeks. On the other hand, it feels good just to get those items out of my brain. I know that I want to do them, they’re on the list, but now they don’t have to nag at me.
Other than feeling a bit less mentally burdened, though, I’ve found that the list has been incredibly motivational. There’s nothing better than being able to cross an item off the list (and yes, you agreed on twitter that YES it’s OK to put something on the list just to cross it off.
The list has helped me organize my weekends and the errands that I need to run. I’ve been more focused at lunch and in the evenings. I can feel some of the clutter moving away from my kitchen (not to be relocated, but actually filed or tossed). It’s prompted me ask for assistance from Scott for some of the things I need help with. It’s also helped me let go of some of the tasks that aren’t that important–I ended up not hanging the fall leaves but rather just laying them across my dining room table. I’ve completed things that I’ve been thinking about for months.
I’ve heard of Bullet Journaling and because of the list I looked to see if this might be something I’d be interested in. Maybe in time, but for now the paper list works great and I carry it around wherever I go. Now, if only I could get a blog related list started–maybe things would start looking a little more regular around here! Hmmm…maybe I should add that to the list.
Do you keep a written to do list? What gets/keeps you motivated to get things done?