Okay, so my mom posted something on her blog today about to do lists; check it out here: My world: To do lists. I, like a lot of people, also have a to do list obsession (like mother, like daughter). It's actually a bit of a problem for me.
I make to do lists, & I love to cross things off (that's the whole point, right?), but how do you properly organize a to do list? Sometimes I think you just make a list as you think of things, but then it always gets really long & it's hard to keep track of things or find things, or not miss things that need to be done. So I feel like there should be some kind of organization to it, like categories or something. So then I separate things into things I need to do on the computer, or while I'm out, or housework. But then I wonder if I should make a separate list of things I need to buy, or include it on my to do list. And do I separate that by store? And should I rate the items, like things that need to be done ASAP, or this week, or that I just need to keep in mind because they're more long term things? And when can you cross things off? I mean, I need to plan Cooper's 1st birthday party, but it's not 'til October. So do I cross it off when I come up with some plans, or when I've sent out invites, or not until it's over? Then I'll have my list for a really long time. And when you have a list for a while, even if it's just an hour but you've crossed things off already, it gets kind of sloppy. So I want to rewrite it, but then nothing's crossed off & that's kind of sad. So do I recopy what I've already done & cross it out again, just to have things crossed off on my list? That feels like cheating.
It sounds sort of funny or crazy, but I'm not making this up. I really am that much of a freak.
I had a friend in college who would make to do lists for me, & I'd make them for her. I came across a couple of them recently.
It's nice having someone else write a list for you because instead of feeling guilty about eating ice cream you feel obligated to do it.