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He's Makin' A List & Checkin' It Twice

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I never know where to fall on the issue of "control." I certainly don't want to be perceived as controlling and manipulative and at the same time I feel comfortable and secure when I can see about 24 hours ahead of myself and plan.

Sigh. Life was a lot easier before Dr. Phil and Oprah!!

I have noticed that when I dust off that antiquated goal reaching tool called a to-do list; I lead a much healthier life. Spoiler alert here: I'm old school about this. I know there is an app for everything and I embrace technology as the fickle mistress that she is but I just don't get that sense of fulfillment by clicking a button and having a line automatically cross out a task. I use a legal pad and a pen. I get a great deal of joy when I am able to remove something that's been hanging around for a few days, or weeks, or months, or years. It embodies a sense of freedom.

Side Note: I am selling my one year old IPad 3, keyboard and Otter Box. If you are interested send me a Spark Mail and I'll give you the particulars.

When I can see it, I can do it.

Each night before my bald little head hits the pillow I sit at my desk and decide what needs to be accomplished the next day. I attempt to schedule everything. That includes exercise, tracking food, meditation and John time. I include blogging and work related issues as well as personal things. When I wake up the next morning I have a clear over view of my day.

I've learned to prioritize. I know there a certain things that are critical to my journey - the prayer, the meditation, the exercise and tracking my food intake. That sense of positive control creates a sense of security and a knowledge that I'm getting done what needs to get done.

Your grandma and mine said "An idle mind is the devils playground." When my minds idle, when I sense things are out of control and I'm not on task the devil shape shifts into the form a doughnut,or french fries.

Some may call it good planning, some may call it being OCD. I call it a key to health. When we track our food and our exercise we're creating a plan. Only you and I ultimately decide if that plan is a good one. That's why I keep a list.

Hope your Saturday is great.

Side Note: Do you know they still sell old fashioned pencil sharpeners? How cool is that?

Side Note: Does anyone else wish Spark would include formatting tools in the blog creation software. I love using bold and italics!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MYGOLDENBOYS3 6/30/2013 7:46AM

    Without a list, I would just wander through life. I make lists to make sure that all important things get done and I don't forget. Yes to italics and bold print, I love them too. I have found a mechanical pencil I really like but also use the old ones that need to be sharpened and have a sharpener just for that task.

Fun blog! emoticon for giving me a smile!

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    I use to be the same way and I really miss it. Now my life seems way to chaotic. Full of uncontrollable variables. I hope to wrestle back control soon.

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CATLADY52 6/29/2013 8:01PM

    And a few more emoticons would be nice. emoticon doesn't make it easy to say you hit the nail on the head.

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AJDOVER1 6/29/2013 7:56PM

    I'm a fan of bold and italics, but colored text would be totally awesome.

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CARTOONB 6/29/2013 6:50PM

    I agree

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TRIPLE_EMME 6/29/2013 4:03PM


I'm a HUGE fan of the old-fashioned "to-do" list, too. I find that I operate better when I spend time planning and putting together my daily list. It keeps me on-track and focused. Plus, that feeling of satisfaction that you get from crossing an item off the list... YES!


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JEANNETTE59 6/29/2013 3:40PM

  emoticon Blog

My lists have lists and addendum emoticon

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NASFKAB 6/29/2013 1:46PM

  great blog thanks

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ANATASHIKI 6/29/2013 1:09PM

    I definitely need lists , my memory isn't what it used to be anymore emoticon . I carry a small notebook in my bag and use a page for every day. if something unexpected shows up I plan it there. I can't say I plan everything but maybe I should cause my morning prayer turned into -good morning Father -lately(I can't get used to summer time ). meditation is still on my wish list . just like finishing decluttering before I produce a new one. but nobody's perfect , right? I'm working on it , adding it on my list emoticon

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WINDSWEPTACRES 6/29/2013 12:38PM

    Hubby and I find that life goes so much more smoothly when we have lists -- not just a daily to-do, but a weekly grocery shopping list, another for our occasional forays into the city, and a master projects list. The most-asked question around here is: "Did you put it on the list?" followed by: "What was that thing we were talking about putting on the list?"

If we don't have a daily to-do, life just seems to get away from us, and we end up feeling like we accomplished nothing for the day, or sometimes the week. "But what did we do all week?"

If we don't have control over our own lives, who will? emoticon

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NEEDBU66 6/29/2013 12:26PM

    From someone who is a little ocd, (my own opinion, not a doctors), I think its very important to have a dull, boring routine, and don't like it when mine is interrupted.

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TERMITEMOM 6/29/2013 11:09AM

    I can follow you here! My kids are on my back constantly because I never use my iPhone...
And I keep lists too (ah, the satisfaction to cross out one line at a time!). emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/29/2013 9:12AM

    Love to cross out a line on my "to do list". LOL, just bought an old fashion pencil sharper!

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HDHAWK 6/29/2013 9:08AM

    Wow, I could have written this blog. If I don't schedule my day when I'm not working in the summer I tend to graze on way too much junk food. I love making lists and crossing things off. I have a list of summer projects in my planner and am working to get things crossed off. Happy Saturday!

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HARROWJET 6/29/2013 9:00AM

    I agree it would be nice to be able to use bold and italics.

It feels good to cross things off a 'to do' list. Don't think about it too much. emoticon

Judy emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 6/29/2013 8:37AM

    Talk about being on the same "old school page"...
I have had all of these issues in my head!
I use a paper/pencil/planner and journal for my antiquated To-do list.

What if technology was banned? How many "followers" would there be?

There are no apps to solve everything, but some techies would argue their point backed by research...yada yada!

Glad you had a grandma like mine. All those sayings still hold true today AND FOREVER! *wish that was bold print instead* Ha!

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EWL978 6/29/2013 8:32AM

    It's great to get to an age where you just don't give a "DARN" what other people think about the way you function, isn't it?? I can't help but shake my head "YES" to almost everything you wrote...I especially enjoyed your last not about bold, etc...

So many times I forget and try to do something that just won't work, such as making my own emoticon...theirs are nice, but not necessarily what I'm thinking about.

So, keep on keeping on and enjoy your Saturday!!

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