I am not a creature of habit, as much as I'd like to be sometimes. The one exception to this is a daily to-do list. I know some people find them a bit too bossy. They feel like they can manage all the ideas running through their head just fine without a piece of paper taunting them and telling them what to do. I cannot. I need that paper. I need that taunting.
I like writing down everything I need to take care of, even if I know it won't get done that day. Just the action of writing it down makes me feel like I'm at least addressing whatever the task is. I get strange pleasure from crossing things off of my to-do list (even if I add things I've already done just to see them crossed off on my list. C'mon...I know some of you must do that too.)
I came up with s this idea several years back during my first year of teaching as a means of survival. I had never been a list-maker prior to this. I found myself getting so overwhelmed and dropping the ball at work. When I started making a list, it was so long that each day I felt like a failure for not even making a dent in it. I really struggled with prioritizing tasks. Hence, the daily, weekly, monthly lists were born.
I realize this is not a novel idea. However, the daily sticky note comes off of the clipboard each night while the weekly and monthly "stick around" a bit longer". This system has literally SAVED me at work. I use one at home as well. (I've also made a few as gifts for friends who are planning a wedding. It's perfect for brides who need to prioritize things running through their heads.)
1. Trace clip board onto scrap paper. Cut a slightly smaller version of what you traced and then cut into the top accounting for the metal clip.
2. I used a permanent adhesive tape roller to attach the paper to the clip board, but you could use Mod Podge or even a heavy duty glue stick.
3. Use assorted sizes of stick notes (about 15 per stack) to create your sections.
4. Use stickers, stamps, or a good ole' Sharpie to add labels above the stick note sections that work for you.
The "Remember" stick note is a big one for me. I try to put a quote, verse, or saying that I know I need to be focusing on at the time. This one will probably be there for a while...
"Comparison is the thief of joy".
Man, I need to hear this hourly. Thoughts that regularly run through my head go something like this...
Why am I having such a difficult pregnancy when so-and-so isn't?
I wish I had started a business when she did. Why can't I be doing what I really love?
Why can't I have a family support system like theirs?
I wish I could just be a stay-at-home mom.
I wish my house was furnished like that one.
Why did I gain 60 pounds being pregnant instead of 35 like everyone else?!
It's a treadmill of comparison and self-pity. I need to be thinking things like...
I am so blessed to be growing a life inside me, regardless of how crappy I feel or look.
I am so thankful I have a great coworkers and a job that pays the bills...even if it isn't my dream job.
I have the best friends anyone could even dream of. They are priceless.
I am so glad we have a home to bring our baby back to.
My husband is the love of my life and is aging like a fine wine...in every way. (And when he reads this, he will grin and chuckle and beam with pride in the most adorable way a grown man can.)
Anyone else struggle with their inner dialogue? This is something I'd like to change...If only it was as simple as adding it to a to-do list. "Change thought patterns. Now." I know this is something I will wrestle with for a long time. Hopefully I'll look back in a few years and see that my little spurts of motivation over the course of time actually made at least a slight impact.
Q:What's your mantra of the moment?