“To Do” Lists


Friends, do you write “To Do” lists?  Do you write them for the month, the week, or the day?  Or just a big list that you pick away at and never seem to get to the end of?  Do you rewrite the list every day or find joy in seeing it mostly scratched off?  Do you prioritize your lists or just go with whatever you feel like doing at the time?  Does the hard thing get done or left until you can no longer procrastinate?  Do you stick to your list regardless how you feel or do you move through your day more intuitively?  What is the most productive for you?

I am currently going through a workbook called “Eat that Frog” by Brian Tracy.  And no, I am not going to start actually eating frogs.  Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” -Mark Twain.  It’s a metaphor for doing the least desirable job first and getting it over with so that you can go on and enjoy the rest of your day and feel productive by the end. 

I will be honest…I haven’t actually tried it yet.  But I have been working my way through the exercises, writing lists upon lists to help me prioritize my goals and the tasks that work directly towards achieving those goals.  I have, in the past, been a chronic list writer that has not ever felt like I’ve accomplished “enough” in a day, even working from the list, because the list is ALWAYS bigger than the time available in a day, not to mention that the list is also continually growing at least as fast as it is shrinking.  I felt like I was wasting time writing the lists, but without a list I float though the day and totally forget what I really needed to get done because I am so easily distracted.  So I need some form of a list.

This book came highly recommended, and I am hoping that I can organize myself through this process so that I am more productive towards reaching my art goals!  I mean, if I am an artist, painting is a necessary part of my life now, and not just a way of relaxing.  I can’t keep considering it as an extra curricular thing to do.  And I have to let go of the guilt I feel about leaving the “house chores” in order to fit in a few hours of painting each day.

I think my frog is the business stuff…financial tracking and setting up Quickbooks, because it isn’t easy and super intuitive to me.  And I am afraid of messing it up because it is involved in my taxes for next year.  I have perfection paralysis around it.  But this is my frog, and once I am finished this blog post, I will attack this frog and hopefully get it down.  And I will NOT feel guilty for the time it takes me to research and figure out.  And even better, when I get it set up, I will be rewarding myself with painting time!!!

How do you attack your daily to do list?  Do you eat your frog first or stare at it until you can’t ignore it anymore?  I am interested to hear what works for you!  Wish me luck!

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