I have a pattern of behavior for Saturdays. It is my day to take my time, get some things done around the house, and take a nap if I so desire. (Yes, I realize this will change in about 6 months. I'm getting in all the napping I can now...) But I realized today that I always do the same thing. I have a small checklist of items that must be done, and then a small checklist of items that, at the beginning of the day I claim I will accomplish, but that I usually end up pushing back, back, back until the day is over. It is a sickness - a disease.
Mandatory To-Do List
- Clean master bathroom & shower
- Clean guest bathroom
- Work out
- Water and sing to prize-winning tomatoes
- Get ready for the day
Optional To-Do List
- Practice hymns for church tomorrow
- Practice guitar for lesson on Monday
- Make 2 loaves banana bread with 4 almost-over-ripe bananas
- Tidy junk room (I feel like Mary Poppins when I say "tidy.")
Every weekend, Tim makes a list. He's very proud and protective of this Saturday List; all the items are always checked off by the end of the day. Literally. With a pen. But the beauty of my flawed system is that I never write my checklist down. That way, if I don't accomplish something, no one has to know... not even me! Make banana bread with the quickly-browning bananas? That can wait until tomorrow. Organize the room that has turned into Mei's junk room, but which will soon become the baby's room? Nah, I still have 6 months for that.
So, I urge you. If you're going to make a Saturday To-Do list, make it in your head.