The To-Do List ~

I really enjoyed the ideas that Daryl has here and I have found them to be true in my own life. I try to make a list everyday and I have found that it really keeps me accountable for my time and it seems to make me much more productive. Hope you make a list today 🙂 I love seeing progress ~ Teresa

It’s All in the List by Daryl Hoole

You can bring order out of life’s chaos by making lists. The best way to talk about the benefits of list making for successful home and life management is to simply make a list of the many benefits. So, here goes:

A list . . .

* Allows you to put the pressure on paper rather than on your mind. In other words, instead of feeling the weight of so much to do on your mind, it helps to “set it down,” so to speak, on paper or an electronic device.

* Does not change all that needs to be done, but writing it down can help you feel more in control of the situation.

* Helps you get to your appointments on time. One’s mind is not intended to be a calendar.

* Helps you keep things from “falling through the cracks.” From an efficiency perspective, a sharp pencil is better than a sharp memory.

* Keeps track of where and when something needs to be done—it can prevent double scheduling.

* Is something to check off so when you go on a trip you take everything you need. It can be a serious problem to open your bag and find you left your prescription medicine at home.

* Is a storehouse for ideas. Ideas, like birds, fly in and out and can become lost unless you catch them and “cage” them.

* Is only as good as it is read.

* Has no magic in it. It works only when you do.

* Helps you direct your efforts and focus on whatever task is at hand. It’s an anti “spin your wheels” technique.

* Drives you to get things done. In the words of William James, “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”

* Enables you to see the beginning and the end of your work. Knowing where to start and when to stop is a favor you can bestow upon yourself.

* Makes it easier to prioritize your tasks. According to Stephen R. Covey, “The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

* Can be a procrastination deterrent. Personal discipline can be cultivated, and a list can be an aid in such an endeavor.

* Gives you a track to run on. Even if you run a bit behind, you’re still on track. Someone quipped, “I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I’ve finished my list; the bad news is that it’s yesterday’s list.”

* Provides a plan from which you can arrange your life to suit the situation. Elder Dallin H. Oaks put it well when he said, “Plan specifically so you can implement flexibly.”

* Is therapeutic. Crossing items off can energize and motivate, providing a sense of satisfaction, fulfillment, and peace. (Sometimes it can provide encouragement to list things that you’ve already done, just to cross them off. It’s evidence that you are productive.)

* Helps you to follow through, carry out intentions, and keep your promises which may include returning what you borrow.

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Published in: on November 3, 2010 at 5:11 am  Comments (9)  

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  1. I love my *~*~*To Do List*~*~* I could not do life without it!
    oxoxoxo

    • I agree that it helps to keep direction. But always put prayer and Bible on the top of that list… and teach your children to make it their top priority.

      love ya !!
      Teresa

  2. I agree 100%!
    I am much more effective at my job of homemaking and Mothering when I have my list!
    I think it’s like the author said, you can see a beginning and an end to your daily tasks.

    Great post!
    ((Hugs))
    Laura

    • I agree. Have a wonderful day, Laura.

      Teresa ~

      • Thanks Laura~

        Bless you today. Keep us in your prayers !!!!

        Teresa 🙂

  3. I need to make a “to do list” for this move, but all it would say is “Move Everything!” I love lists and it keeps me mentally organized. I have always had success when following a list. Thanks for posting this. (See you soon.) 🙂

    • God will help you through your list. It will come to pass…try to not get too overwhelmed over it all.

      Give it all to the Lord and he will get you to TN

      🙂 Teresa

  4. I think that what the writer hit upon, that struck me, was the fact that I can see a beginning and an ending to my work.
    I agree 100% that a list is the way to go! For me, anyhow. I love to see what I have accomplished!

    Great post.

    ((Hugs))
    Laura

    • I agree I love to see things to get things accomplished, too. Glad you enjoyed the article~

      Love you
      Teresa


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