I am a list-making fool.
I have sticky notes all over my desk, a pretty paper calendar in my bag, and an app on my phone to keep me on top of all the stuff I want to accomplish. My phone warbles a dozen times a day at least with alarms or reminders for one thing or another.
Today’s list looked something like this:
- Email kid at camp
- Dog medicine
- Put away laundry*
- Car to garage
- Posts for YALit101 this week
- Post Nerdy
- Catch up on Teachers Write! posts
- Write Slice of Life
- Go to the library/renew books
- Catch up on email
- Doctor’s appointment
- Phone calls/messages RE plans
- FINISH YOUR #NERDCAMPBC REFLECTION POST!!!
- Write post about visiting #EMWP last week
- FINISH tech email to CAWP SI
I have had a couple of days at home without my usual summer sidekick talking my ear off about Pokemon or Minecraft or how cool Sherry’s son’s Lego videos are or where Mr. Schu and Babymouse are on their travels. He’s at summer camp until tomorrow and I had hoped I’d get a lot more done than I would on any other day. I did get a good number of these crossed off – and there is something intensely satisfying about crossing anything off a to-do list.
But at 10:30 PM, some of them (including this post – and the three things at the bottom of the list) have been bugging me but they haven’t quite gotten finished to my satisfaction yet…and are therefore still on my list for tomorrow.
I had to smile when a friend posted online about her mantra being “You can do ALL the things.” It was like holding a mirror to myself…and I stopped to remind her (and myself) that we are not superhuman…and we need to give ourselves the okay to not get as much done as we had planned.
And tomorrow…I’ll get some more stuff crossed off.
* Yes, I like crossing things off so much that I will add that extra step just to have one more thing to cross off my list. Sad, isn’t it?