One day my to-do list filled up 2 entire pages of a legal pad.
The good thing about these lists is that I know exactly what I need to be doing. Every single little tiny thing. The bad thing is that I'm so overwhelmed by the sheer number of things that need to be done that I end up not doing any of them.
Its not procrastination exactly. I don't think, "I'll do it later." In fact I find myself thinking, "I'm never going to get all of that done, so why bother doing any of it?"
I think I've found the answer to my to-do list phobia though.
I call it, "Just Five Things."
And it really is as simple as it sounds.
Instead of filling up 2 legal pad pages of things I need to do, I write down 5 things. Just 5, never more. And, I ONLY have 5 things to do!
Here's where it gets a little more "complicated" though.
If I have more than 5 things the need to be done, then when I cross one item off of my to-do list, I can add one more item. But before I can add one more thing, I have to cross off one thing. So that there is never more than 5 things to be done.
There is one more rule though. The things on the list have to be small goals. No huge and complicated tasks. If it IS a huge task, then it must be broken down into smaller parts.
For example, if I want to "Go through all of Parkers clothes to take out what has gotten too small." I don't put that as my task. I might instead add:
- Sort Parker's shirts
- Sort Parker's pants
- Sort Parker's sleepwear
- Wash Dishes
- Fold Laundry