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Grand Plans Went Flat

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I woke up yesterday feeling pretty good. I started in on my laundry right away, thinking I'd get it done while doing my morning routine. Plans were made to accomplish things and written down on my pad of paper that I keep next to the computer. And there they sat...all day. A neighbor asked if I could take her to the drug store. I hunted for the street of a new Avon customer; her directions left a lot to be desired. I ended up coming home and googled the directions. Two different sites gave me two completely different routes. But I finally found it. At least I could say that I got to listen to another CD of the audio book that I checked out of the library.

Today is another day. I still have my paper next to the computer. I'm going to try things differently. Someone said that she makes a list, but puts one or two things that MUST be done first, and then adds a couple things that she'd like to get done. That way, she feels like she accomplishes what she must and everything else completed is just an added bonus. Maybe that's my problem...I plan to do too much in a day. My sense of time is still off...the timer is going to be a table fixture for awhile.
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    I always plan way more than I ever accomplish. Another way I heard to do a list was to list it at the end of the day, and list everything you did, and then you get to check them all off. Don't think it would help me too much..
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    1669 days ago
    I try to pick the top 3 things off my list and work towards those first.

    I also try to break them down further into 5-minute baby steps to accomplish each goal.

    Sometimes I need to tell other people "no" (which isn't easy for me) or schedule with them for a more convenient time so I can put my own needs first. (also not easy for me)

    I block off time in my calendar for some tasks, so that I can honestly say "I have an appointment then, but let me get back to you later with a time we can do that..."
    1670 days ago
    I've gotten some use out of the "Three Item To-Do List." It helps me identify the top 3 things I need to accomplish and get those done. There's even a place on Spark People to post them. Maybe that would help to weed out the less important?
    Good luck!!!
    1670 days ago
    I have that problem sometimes, plan too much for one day, and then do nothing or hardly anything. emoticon I will apply some new rules to my list too. Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    1671 days ago
    I read something that really works for me and frees me up from expecting to do too much. Here it is:
    "Your daily to do list should fit on a post it note."
    Only a little one, no cheating and buying the big ones!

    As for housework, well, FlyLady is my go to for that. At least I swish & swipe to keep the bathrooms respectable.
    And my wardrobe is a thing of beauty these days.
    1671 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/20/2013 1:28:02 PM
  • K1TT3N
    woooohoooo plans and goals for the day being written down is always a good way to make sure you make time for what ya need to get done as well as a boost when ya see things getting checked off and the list getting smaller .. keep sparking
    1671 days ago
  • --DEBY--
    (I think I am the one you mentioned... I commented yesterday about goal lists and musts)

    I used to make loooooooooong lists... then realized I could never seem to finish them... then I tried the... 1 must accomplish... the rest are just possible oppurtunities to accomplish... this shift in thinking... made it so every night I go to bed feeling like I accomplished my day... with usually a multitude of bonuses...

    Wishing you an AWEsome Day

    ~BLESSings ~ ALLways~ Deby ~
    1671 days ago
    Oh, I believe we can all relate to your blog on this issue!
    1671 days ago
    Keep this list and make it for a longer amount of time like for 3 days. It sounds like you are making a list that may be too long for one day. Have a beautiful day! emoticon
    1671 days ago
    I plan too much so I can identify with your blog. It sure feels good to put that check mark on the completed tasks! I like the idea of picking a couple priority tasks. Thank you for sharing!
    1671 days ago
    yes plans change I can set a menu in advance but never eat the food Planning for some is a great idea for me too much stress. I have overnight company coming and feel its the end of the world. So much stress and so much to clean crazy how I can get this upset over a small problem.
    Hugs and have a great day. emoticon
    1671 days ago
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