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I love making lists. Every night before I go to bed, I make a list of the tasks i hope to accomplish the next day. Then I grab another note pad, and prioritize that list. Then I grab another note pad (all of them are cheery florals or witty sayings, like ‘you can never have too many shoes’) and make another list. By the time I have expanded all my lists into household, career, creative, financial and personal, my kitchen table is littered with note pads.

The downside of this, is that, for some of us with many obligations, there aren’t enough hours in the day to get through these lists. About a week ago, I felt a moment of despair, realizing that I had accomplished maybe one tenth of all the items on my LISTS, and was able to use a big pink felt pen and cross off only a few. This is no way to end a day. So bad for the self esteem.

Then, I had a brilliant idea. Instead of starting the day, say, a THURSDAY, with a list of things to do, I would instead go on my merry way. And, at the END OF THE DAY, I would make a list of THINGS TO DO ON THURSDAY (just before I went to bed on Thursday) and carefully note everything I had accomplished, and then, with great self-satisfied flourish, run a big pink or red felt pen through it. And go to bed tremendously pleased with myself.

I think this is a brilliant idea and that I should patent it for all disorganized people like myself.

On to today’s list!

Comments (3)


  1. I’m so glad to know that I am not alone in my nocturnal list making. And not just one list, but multiples to cover various aspects of my life. Like you, I seldom accomplish even half of what is on the lists, but I always consider what’s left to be a challenge for the next day.

  2. linda kupecek says:

    Thanks, Pattie. You are such a positive thinker “I always consider what’s left to be a challenge for the next day”! Great approach instead of my groaning in guilt as I look at the remnants of the list.

  3. TanyaFirth says:

    OMG Linda…I Love your Never List-less, Always Listing!! It’s so true what you wrote and I think it is something I will start doing….it makes so much sense and I love your perspective on things….quite insightful!

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