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  • Becoming Your Own Task Master/Manager

    2 posts, 2 voices, 788 views, started Nov 5, 2009

    Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2009 by Yana Berlin


    • Diamond

      My mother is the queen of to-do lists.  As a kid growing up, I used to dread Saturday mornings because I could be sure of two unpleasant things: 1. Being woken up much earlier than I would have liked, 2. Being presented with a weekend chore list by my mother at the breakfast table.

      This was standard weekend procedure until I moved out, and I'm more than grateful to say my mother's hired some help now that her two worker bees (children) are no longer available for labor services.  But just because my mother isn't handing out lists to my brother and me doesn't mean she's stopped using them.  

      There are two main benefits to making a list, according to mother.  The first is that you can lay out a clear and organized set of goals to accomplish.  The second being, you won't forget anything (the chances of which are extremely high otherwise, at least in my mother's and my case), and you can always add to or subtract from it.  

      I, on the other hand, really dislike listing my priorities or chores.  I find I'm always extra disappointed when I can't finish my prescribed list, or even half of it.  I like using mind maps, to better lay out a visual representation of my to-do items, and then I can prioritize based on what really needs to get done.  My maps tend to look like the spider-web essay-outlines that you used in 5th grade to keep your thoughts straight.

      I also try to keep my map or list to a minimum, the bare bones of what absolutely can't wait to be done.  Sometimes when listing chores or to-do's, you can overwhelm yourself with the details or less-paramount concerns that just take up space on the page.  You lose track of what must get done versus what should get done.  

      For the little things on my list, I generally just try to do them as soon as I think of them, when possible.  The big items should be written down and checked off when finished or accomplished, which then gives me a sense of satisfaction that isn't marred with disappointment at still having 25 other things to do.  My mind maps always have 10 or fewer bubbles devoted to things to do, and if I can finish 6 or 7 of them, I feel good and know I only have a few more to go, and feeling efficient all the way.

      Structuring your to-do/chore list in a way that can keep you on track and lay out what needs to get done in an orderly fashion is a great way to promote efficiency and follow-through.  Overfilling your list or map with details will muddy your priorities and leave you feeling under-accomplished.  Life is short, keep your list just as short so you still have time left to get some joy out of your weekend or designated chore day too.


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          Paris Mano wrote May 2, 2010
        • Thanks Yana! I use a ToDo List also. I always think I’ll remember what I am supposed to do but life gets filled with too much.  

          I try to put things in order to do so I am not backtracking.

          It keeps me focused!

          Thanks again!heart

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