I have a daily mental checklist of to-dos, that I quietly and happily tick off in my head when things get done.
The must-dos which really shouldn’t be on a ‘list’, that just is, such as bathing the boys, getting them dressed, making sure they get their naps and meals – yes, those get ticked off one by one as we get through the day.
Then there is the other list – laundry, dinner prep, house cleaning, and on certain days, changing bed sheets and towels and so on.
To further fuel my obsessive need for lists, there is my blogging to-do list – blog reading and commenting, time on social media, all the additional projects I’m involved in with World Moms Blog and the SITS Girls, my Everyday Family writing gig, and of course Little Love Media, for which I’ve not made much time to promote since its launch (this is a blog post all on its own, sigh). All opportunities for which I’m grateful for, but boy do they take up time.
Time of which I have little, since aside from to-dos on my list, there’s the to-dos that’s not, because they are just things I do with my boys. Get on the floor and play with blocks, build towers, pretend to be a horse and let the toddler get on my back, grabbing the baby for an impromptu dance session, putting together and throwing apart train tracks, snuggling, reading, just being.
I’ve put some of those to-do lists onto paper, because gosh, did you know my brain can only store so much information before it combusts and inevitably, I’ll forget something (sorry honey, for forgetting the cream cheese in the creamy spinach pasta, here, this is just-spinach pasta!).
I love my new Erin Condren planner. Actually writing stuff down and ticking them off makes my organizing heart happy. Writing them down also keeps me accountable, which is awesome.
I even jotted down all the meals I make that’s a staple along with the ingredients so when I do grocery shopping, I know exactly what I need. Before, I would do a quick pantry/ refrigerator inventory with a notepad in hand and guess what, I always forget something (notice the underlying theme here).
Even with all the fancy online calendars out there (which I do use for some purposes), I still love the feel of a pen in my hand, writing down things. Even if it’s just “GET CREAM CHEESE”.
So although I told myself the other day, when some stuff didn’t get checked off in my head and I felt crap for hours, that I AM NOT MY TO-DO LIST, I know I am. And that’s okay.
* I was not compensated for this post in any way. I bought my Erin Condren life planner with my own money and they don’t even know I’m mentioning them in this post.
** Thank you Tracy of Sellabit Mum for this post inspiration.
Are you organized? Do you have a planner? Do you use an online calendar?