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When Your To Do List has more "to do" than one can handle.

Today after a 14-hour day when my headache became unbearable, and my eyesight deteriorated with every letter I typed, I called it quits and closed my computer.

With an overwhelmed feeling I opened it right back up and began typing this post, because I know that most of you can relate to our chaotic life and the stress that sometimes is self generated. Yes, I said self generated.  

I think most of you will agree that our "To Do Lists" have become a bit out of control. I know that mine definitely has.

Every night I make a "To Do" list for the next productive day. It used to fit on one little pad, then it took both sides of the pad, then I progressed to a 8×10 notebook, and now the whole page is covered.  

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Every day I'm on the rat race of achieving everything on my list. Every night I either applaud myself for getting it all done, or berate myself if some of the items are not crossed off.

Seeing my frustration, my 10-year-old nephew asked me why am I'm so angry. So I explained that my list has gotten longer and longer, and it's now out of control.
He reached for his backpack, took out a tiny 3×3 notebook and said: "use this"
Seeing my confusion, he added "From now on you use one of the sheets front &back for your to do list for the next day, and that's it,".

I tore a piece of paper from this tiny notebook and began writing.
Believe it or not, my to do list for tomorrow got spread out for four days, and after looking it over, I decided that no one will die; there will be no disaster, but I will be much happier and much more sane without killing myself to do 4 days of tasks in one day.

Like I said, from the mouth of the babe.



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