Historically, I have been a “To Do List” slut.
But I have been in a funk lately and haven’t written a list for at least 2 months. I think my funk has to with the move, my mom, and maybe even the winter blues.
So instead of To Do Lists at the beginning of the day, I have been making (in my mind) DONE lists at the end of the day. I recount all that I accomplished during the day. Because, despite my best efforts, it often feels like I got nothing done or that my life is out of control or that I still have so much to do. DONE lists help me feel better.
Here is my DONE list for yesterday:
read my scriptures
snuggled with Crew
got a blog post out
made my kids breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner (with vegetables!)
did dishes 1, 2, or 4 times
cleaned both bathrooms
bathed Locke and Croft
did a few loads of laundry
helped Croft clean her room and put away her clothes
decorated for St. Patty’s day
braided Croft’s hair
took Croft to preschool
snuggled by Locke
worked on table centerpiece for ward party
wrote a thank you note
made 50 cups of popcorn for Elle’s Knowledge Bowl team practice
woke up Locke from a nap to take the snack to Elle’s team
after-school snack for the other kiddos
helped Crew put away his laundry; reviewed how to fold jeans
picked up Elle from practice
read with Croft
helped Elle with county report
took pictures for upcoming blog posts
made homemade breadsticks
took Elle to dance
helped Crew with homework
family scripture study
tidied up the house
hugged my husband
read to Crew
sang to Croft
talked to Elle
tidied up some more
wrote this blog post
I promise I will never bore you again with a play by play of my day (I even left out some stuff), but every once in awhile it is rewarding and comforting to take stock of what we’ve DONE, instead of what still need to do.
8 thoughts on “Done, Not To Do”
I”m exhausted just reading your list. You’re an amazing woman.
You are so right for focusing on all that you (and all mom’s and women) accomplish in a day. It is a good way for us to look back on the day and say “Wow” I really got a lot done today.
Holy Crap! You did a lot. I often think about how I would just like to video myself all day long on day of what I do so that I can show my husband what my days are like, and so I can feel like even though I feel like I ran around all day and got nothing accomplished that I really did.
Shelley, I bet if you wrote down everything you did in a day in would be a lot too! Imagine if every snuggle, changed diaper, dish washed, hug, meal, book read, phone call, email, etc. got accounted for. We all do way more in a day than we think we do.
I always make to-do lists, but have never made a “done” list! I totally need to do this- I can see how it would make me feel more accomplished about my day!!
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Thanks Melanie. I hope you enjoy my blog and I will for sure go check yours out. Thanks for following.
I’ve actually done this many times as well! It is a great perspective. Another way I found that I saw how much I actually DID was once last year when I was going out of town. As I made lists of everyone’s needs and schedules, I realized just how much I have stored in my brain and daily schedule. I could see that I did a lot more than I gave myself credit for. 🙂
And then you saved the world…Seriously You are Wonder Woman!
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