I know this is not the topic of true inspiration, but something thing near and dear to me is organisation. More precisely – writing lists. You could say it’s a passion of mine.
Being organised and managing to find balance is something I struggle with constantly. I have to work hard to maintain a normal relationship with my to do list. Every now and again, my inner to do “crazy lady” comes out and wreaks havoc with everyone around me.
You Really Need to Write a To Do List for That…
A huge part of being organised (or feeling as if I am) for me are lists. I’m one of those people who truly find joy in lists. Lists for general everyday tasks, list for my blog, lists for holidays….For me the biggest thrill of lists is completing something and crossing it off. I’ve even written teeny tiny tasks on my list as I know I can easily mark them off. Wow, that sounds completely ridiculous – but it’s an addiction!
When I feel like I have heaps on, if I write in one of my lists the world feels like a happier place. I can be calm as Evernote (where I save my lists) has all my information and plans saved so I can take over the world when I have a spare five minutes. At this point, I silence the crazy lady and we carry on as if I’m a normal fully functioning adult.
Uh-oh…the List is Getting Long…
When my list gets too long I feel sick and overwhelmed. Voices in my head say “how can I possibly get this all done and still have time to do the things I really want to do? We are going to be so unhappy if I can’t organise the pantry, wash the car, make play dough, clean the oven, sort the girls toys (by type of toy into colourful containers naturally), determine age appropriate activities for Miss H each day and plan meals for the week to ensure we are adequately eating from each food group (we couldn’t possibly have red meat two nights in a row could we?!). And so the crazy lady rears her head. Eeek!
Trying to overachieve and be perfect at everything has always been a problem for me and it creeps into everything I do. If you asked me about my to do list (ok lists) I would probably tell I’m the best at writing lists. Then proceed to tell you to add to your list to improve your to do list so it is more like mine. There’s that crazy lady again…she’s mad I tell you.
Enter my two girls. One unexpected side effect of having my two gorgeous babies is I have banished my inner to do crazy lady…ok well silenced her a little at least. I’ve stopped trying to measure the success of my day (and how good I feel) by what I have ticked off the list. Just by having them around and wanting to make them happy has made me reassess what is truly important.
The one thing I am trying to tell myself is just “be happy”. Don’t measure happiness through what you get done and be at peace with just achieving realistic things each day. Be it one or many things. If a task is truly “urgent” then do it – if that’s all you do for the day then fine. When you look at your list the truly urgent tasks are generally extremely small if any!
Relax Crazy List Lady
I think the biggest thing about having a to do list is the way you interpret it is entirely up to you – that’s the beauty of life. You can look at your list and be overwhelmed – or you can look at it and think – which of these items is going to impact my life negatively if not achieved today and how many will matter in a year? The precious memories you make with your friends and family will and do matter today, tomorrow and forever. And that’s what you will remember and be remembered for, right? Not how organized your pantry was.
I’ll be posting some strategies for dealing with your “to do” list and becoming more organised, but firstly I wanted to throw it out there…so be honest – how’s your to do list going?
Does it make you feel inadequate or is it non-existent?! Or perhaps you think I need to see someone?