Home

Organize Your Day - Make a List

Feeling “list-”less?

by Debbie Bowden   Organize Now

I love, I mean really love, lists. To do lists, grocery lists, project lists. There is just something so satisfying about writing down what I need to do or buy, and then crossing it off.

The other day, I attempted to not make a listof the household chores I wanted to get done. I thought, “I can do this. I’ll just keep everything in my head and mentally click it off when done.” Admittedly, I was still making a list, only not writing it down. It was tough to get through the day’s work! I’d get something done and not feel the visceral satisfaction of pen to paper in crossing it off a written list. I felt as though I would forget to do a chore or do it out of order. I was a mess, but I did get through the day.

At the end of the day, I found that I got more satisfaction at completing the chore, I guess because my focus wasn’t on the list. I also found that I didn’t feel rushed to get things done with the only goal in mind of crossing it off the list.

All of this gave me insight into what my organizing clients probably feel -- that slight sense of panic, the burden of an outside force causing stress, and helplessness. It pains me to think of anyone feeling that way about her surroundings. I’m glad that I am available to help.

Read More Articles

Find eclectic shops and outstanding bargains!
Need something done? We'll introduce you to the local experts!
Create a home that blesses & restores your spirit!
Dancing Women
Restaurants, local produce, canning & food preparation!
Sometimes....you just have to laugh!
Critters & flowers & veggies - oh my!
Learn, stretch, grow
Near, far and everywhere in between
Local experts give advice on health & fitness!
Hiking, cycling, kayaking, fishing & more!
Small town happenings, festivals and events!
Inner peace and community action
Exhibits, concerts, plays and much, much more!
Literary corner, product reviews and more!
Adventures, positive parenting & homeschooling information