Why do I set myself up for failure? Yes, I am one of those people. I am a “list maker”. I have been for as long as I can remember. Maybe it started out when I was first working and had to have a list of things needed to be done during the day/week/month. Then it carried over into my home life. Or maybe I was a list maker before and carried it into my work life. Either way, I am one of “those people”.
While I was the Environmental Health Center in Dallas I would spend each evening before going to bed going over mountains of paperwork trying to decide what antigens I should test the next day, how many I had left to test and what number I needed to test each day in order to get done and more importantly get back home. I also had on my list my IV therapy, sauna therapy, doctor appointments, etc. The kink in this was that I never knew how many antigens I could test on a particular day. Some days I would have an extremely difficult antigen (aspergillus mold for example) and spend most of the morning working on getting my neutralizing end point only to not find it and end up having to go home only partially testing a single antigen. My therapist worked with me over and over to try to make a weekly list of things I “would like” to test and then just randomly pick them once I was in the testing room in an effort to release me from the panic when I would get home and be so angry that I didn’t finish everything on my list.
I am better at list making than I was but I still tend to overload the list and set myself up for failure. I can’t totally get rid of my list. Today’s list for example is:
Laundry (two loads at least) Folding Clothes (laundry above will add to what I already have to do) Phone meeting on information from the publishing company. (Only because she didn’t call me) Balance Checkbook Work on blog post (this may be done soon) Ironing (huge pile there) Start sewing on quilts for children’s hospital (haven’t sewn any in a while) (I ended up sewing a simple tag blanket. I had some remnants of fleece and scraps of ribbon and rick rack. The picture is shown above.) Pay Bills Set up online bill pay
Try a new gluten-free recipe
Clean one pantry cabinet
Work on taxes for 2012
While this list doesn’t seem HUGE, I am not going to get everything done. I am tired and invariably something will come up that will change my day and force more things on my list to not get crossed off. Sometimes in an effort to trick myself, I add things on my list that are easy to cross off or if I end up doing something else, I add it to my list just so I can cross something off (take out trash, make bed, etc.). It always looks better when something is crossed off and you can feel a sense of accomplishment at seeing that line scratched through a list item.
How many of you are one of “those people”, the list makers? I would love to hear from you. How do you make your lists? Do you prioritize items on the list or just plunge in and do what you feel like doing first? Do you, like me, add things you have done that weren’t on the list just so you can have something to scratch off? Are you lists primarily for work tasks or do you throw in household chores? Do you use one of those pretty “To Do Today” tablets? Please let me know.
It will soon be time to start dinner. Too late to start working on taxes, clean a pantry cabinet or try out a new recipe. By this time of the day, I am done! I will be back later to comment on the comments to this post. I guess these items will be added to tomorrow’s list and I will once again try to get them done.