Пятница (PYAHT-nee-tsuh): Friday in Russian
Do you sometimes get overwhelmed by your To-Do list? I do.
Back in my working outside the home days, I would get so frustrated when all the tasks on my To-Do list never got accomplished. Really? How hard is it to complete a list of tasks?
Nearly impossible some days. A workday is filled with phone calls and decisions, interruptions, meetings, people in need of help and assistance, broken equipment, and it goes on.
That workday is the same, whether you're outside your home or inside it. Whatever your "job", be it an executive secretary, a teacher or a stay at home mom, your task list is never ending and interruptions and emergencies abound.
Because I wanted to see what I was getting done, rather than what I wasn't, I started writing down my tasks completed. If one of my summer students came into my office with a need or question, I wrote that fact on my To-Do list and then I crossed it off. When one of the people I supported as an executive secretary needed something, I wrote it on my To-Do list and I crossed it off.
It was amazing at how much more productive I felt when I could see all of those tasks crossed off. It didn't matter when those items were added to my list. What mattered, was that they were crossed off and I could see that I had, in fact, accomplished a great deal during my work day.
That same idea translated very well when I transitioned into my new role as stay at home mom after having been in the professional work force for over 15 years.
I still had a To-Do list. Of course, it had different things on it. I wasn't scheduling and attending meetings, writing reports and preparing presentations. I was running errands, wiping noses, reading stories, preparing meals and doing laundry. I still started the day with a list of tasks I wanted to accomplish and I found all sorts of interruptions and emergencies at home, just like I did at work.
So, I started doing the same thing. Writing down all the things I was doing and crossing them off. Again, it was amazing to see that validation of my busy day. I was productive because I was accomplishing a great deal.
My To-Do lists are different these days and more often than not they're on my tablet, not a piece of paper. But, I still write down all that I've accomplished and I cross it off. It's still nice to see the tangible proof of my days and the feeling of satisfaction is important to me.
What about you? Do you have a To-Do list? Is it important that you complete it?
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