So I have this constant list in my head of ‘Things to do’.
Brightly coloured post-it notes fill the interior of my skull and I just can’t ever seem to be rid of them.
I know I’m not the only woman in the world with this condition, goodness knows it’s an evolutionary habit of our gender, borne out of necessity, to ensure ‘things’ DO get done.
From the moment we wake the list clicks over and the ‘To-do’ stock market is open.
Items are added and taken, exchanged and dumped.
Sometimes, in the dead of night, a post-it-note item comes to mind and it’s hastily added to the collection, only to be forgotten in the morning and replaced with a ‘remember-what-that-thingy-was’ post-it.
I hate that!
There are times in the day when a few items get ticked off the list, only to be replaced moments later by other items.
It’s like taking a piece from The Magic Pudding, satisfying at first, but then totally exasperating at the prospect of more and finally just a big old mess by the end.
To-do Running List to date….
- Clean bathroom….. it’s looking grotty
- Check my on-line bank account, make sure I’m not being scammed (money just seems to disappear)
- Floss Teeth (dentist says I have to…Ugh!)
- Wash bed sheets (can’t remember when I last did that)
- Google ‘nutritional value in Banana chips (think I may need to reconsider giving these as daily snacks)
- Bathroom still grotty
- Buy moisturising cream for face (the hand cream replacement is just not cutting it)
- Really need to floss teeth
- Reply to several messages from friends or family
- Trim the boys’ nails (they’re using them as weapons against each other)
- Google cheap deals to Melbourne (need a weekend away… I can live in hope!)
- Floss teeth damn it!
Let’s be clear, I do love a good list and there are times when I do prioritise and write important items down, to create a sense of order out of chaos.
And it’s true, they help me stay focused, organised and dare I say it…. have a sense of purpose.
But the danger is in letting any list consume you. It can be a beast and you a slave to it.
So, I think it’s healthy to mess with it once in a while.
Sometimes, when no one is looking, I’ll cross off one of those nagging items, just for the hell of it….when it’s not even done! Or, I’ll cheat and feign memory loss, like it wasn’t even there in the first place (bed sheets look clean to me).
Besides, there are plenty of other things I could be doing with my time, like taking a match to each of those mental post-it notes, scrunching up that written list, tossing it in the recycle bin and running under the sprinkler in the backyard with my boys, long nails and all.