8 thoughts on “Ooops!”

  1. Apparently, I’ve been doing that all wrong as well. I can’t imagine getting anything accomplished with a list of seven. I’m sure life would be a tad more relaxing though.

  2. I always have a huge list but acknowledge that I cannot possibly get it all done in one day. So then things get divided into “Long term, this is what needs done” and “TODAY I’m going to do these X things”. Only I always make “X” too ambitious so no matter what gets done, I feel like a failure.

    I also think the number 7 is sort of arbitrary because some things on the list will take five minutes (put away the clean laundry) while others will take 5 hours (do my homework for the week).

    So now we are talking about breaking each task into sub-tasks, things that can actually be checked off the list, so you feel like you GSD (got shit done) yet you don’t feel overwhelmed enough to fling the list to the floor, stomp on it and go sulk on the sofa with a bag of Hershey’s Kisses 😉

    Pretty soon, the Number One thing on your list is “1. Perform Task Management”.

    I used to get paid to do that. It’s called being a VP at a bank. bwahahahahahahaaaaa

  3. Listen carefully.

    Get rid of the “To Do” list.

    Instead, do a “Got Done” list.

      1. @Erin,
        Actually it’s not quite the same. However, I must admit that I can’t totally embrace the concept and I often do 2 headings ‘To Do’ and ‘Got Done’.

        The difference is that when you accomplish noteworthy stuff that didn’t make it onto your original ‘To Do’ list you write it on the ‘Got Done’ list. (You don’t write it on the ‘To Do’ list and then check it off – which many people do). This works in a way to reinforce on how much you ‘got done’ without it being on your ‘to do’ list in the first place.

  4. Ah, ok – I see what you mean. Tracking these tasks also teaches us a lesson about “ad hockery” as I used to call it at my former place of employment. A certain amount of ad hockery is normal because life is dynamic and shit happens. But if the percentage of ad hockery becomes unacceptable that probably means we could work on our planning skills a bit because chances are pretty good that we could have anticipated some of it and had it on the To Do list to begin with. But yeah, I agree that noteworthy GSD items need to be recorded somehow if they were not on the To Do list to be checked off.

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