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Friday, April 10, 2009

List Methodology

I have a quirky way of making to-do lists: I often make them after I've already done all the tasks. For example, yesterday after doing several loads of laundry, scrubbing the shower and the bathtub, cleaning out and organizing the bathroom cabinets, lifting up all the couch cushions and vacuuming inside and under the couch, cleaning the oven, organizing the pantry and kitchen cabinets, and finishing my Easter skirt, I promptly sat down at the table and wrote a to-do list in my planner consisting of all the things I had accomplished.

Then I checked them all off, one by one, and felt a sublime sense of satisfaction that my day had been well-spent - and there was a paper trail to prove it.

I wonder if I'm the only person who writes to-do lists after the fact?


  1.'re not alone. I love to make lists even after I've done everything. The feeling of accomplishment is great :) I will also go back and write in meetings or appointments that might not have made it into the planner first time around, so that when I look back I will see everything that I have done. I always thought it was just part of my control freak/OCD-ish nature.

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  3. heh, I do the same thing sometimes! You are NOT alone! (sorry for the earlier comment...I forgot to log off the gallery blog. :(

  4. At least two members of my immediate family do this - maybe three. It's a strong gene.

  5. You're not alone - I do it too. Sometimes, when I'm having a bad week, I keep a running Word document listing EVERYTHING I've done (right down to "changed a diaper" and "fed children lunch"! It helps to see that I'm actually accomplishing something. :)