Monday, December 1, 2008

To Do or Not To Do

I’m often told that I’m an organized person.

I’m not organized—I am hyper organized (maybe there’s a support group for others like me…if so, I’m sure they’re already so organized that I’m on the mailing list.)

I have a confession to make…

I would be nowhere without my To Do list. It’s what keeps me on track, makes me run from one job to the next and helps me get everything done.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, To Do lists can keep you on track. But there is a catch. The list works only if you hold yourself accountable. Since I am my own boss, there isn’t anybody to notice if I sit and stare out the window at the beautiful view all day. But since I am my own boss, I also know there is that pesky list that begs for my attention. And if the items on that list aren’t crossed off by the end of the day, it’s not a good feeling.

So I fill up the list with lots of goals: write 2,000 words, edit short story, research what a dead body looks like after it’s been under water for a month, etc.

At the risk of making myself sound really boring, one of my favorite things to do throughout the day is check things off my list.

Chances are if you write something down, it will inspire you to do it.

Okay, now I can cross “blog” off my list for today! :)