My daughter posted this last summer. I remember reading it and laughing out loud because it so reminded me of myself. When I was talking to my daughter this week about my woeful lack of time and inspiration for this blog, she most graciously told me: “Use something of mine, Mom.” I remembered this one and told her I was thinking of using it, to which she replied: “You need more humor. That would be a good one.” I have a wise daughter. She’s right. I need more humor as I have been way too serious of late. I hope this will make you smile. Just re-reading it brought laughter to my heart.
Please note that I do rely on to-do lists almost daily. Sometimes, however, I can get a little frustrated with both my own procrastination and the feeling of a mounting pile of work. Here is my humorous take on what happens when my desire to relax and need to be productive clash!
To-do lists can be scary creatures. They have tremendous effects on our psyches. Without them, contentment and relaxation reign supreme. But with them, disastrous effects can occur. Observe a normal day at home without a to-do list:
Wake up leisurely. Thoughts of reading, movies, and general relaxation produce quiet satisfaction.
Continue reading book.
Still reading book.
To-do lists are often introduced by well-meaning persons that believe they are the key to productivity. However, when not properly looked after, they can produce chaos and disillusionment. Observe:
Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.
Sheer optimism takes hold of unsuspecting to-do list creator. Creator bounces enthusiastically around house as grandiose plans to complete entire to-do list form in head. Work hopes for Thursday: 113%
Remember cavity filling next afternoon. Work hopes: 87%
Thursday, 10:05 a.m.
Sleep in. Work hopes: 60%
Work begun. Work hopes: 63%
Take short break from work. Work hopes: 62%
Still on break. Work hopes: 46%
Chill. Watch movie. Work hopes: 37%
Brief burst of work, accompanied by enthusiasm. All work will still be done!!!! Work hopes: 79%
Procrastinate on Facebook. Work hopes: 25%
Realize work, if completed, would last till midnight. Work hopes: 10%
Guilty conscience throws temper tantrum. Attempt to soothe guilty conscience. Fail miserably. Give up on work. Work hopes: 0%
High to-do list to time ratio creates panic.
Begin to create elaborate, color-coded plan to accomplish to-do list.
Cynicism sets in, followed by despair. IT IS HOPELESS!!!! NOTHING WILL EVER GET DONE!!!!
Creation of Facebook note alleviates tension by introducing humor, but fails to create permanent solution.
Completion of Facebook note reintroduces feelings of productivity. Rationalization sets in. I don’t really HAVE to stretch/research/clean today. And I’ll have plenty of time to clean/work/sort papers/write senior project proposal/research production/sort clothes tomorrow.
Soothe guilty conscience by insisting to self that Friday will actually be productive, and thus bring a happy conscience.
Determination sets in. I’ll finish this to-do list if it’s the last thing I do!!
Friday’s work enthusiasm tempered by Thursday’s failures (and Monday’s, and Tuesday’s, and Wednesday’s), as well as by looming to-do list. Friday’s work hopes: 55%. Friday’s work enthusiasm: 5%.
Day without to-do list satisfaction rating: 95%
Day with to-do list satisfaction rating: 37%
Conclusion: All to-do lists require special care. Shredding may be enough for smaller ones. For larger ones, burning at the stake is recommended.
By “My Soul Found Rest”
Copyright © 2011
Used with permission