I'm a definite list-maker. I make lists of what I need to do most days. If I don't get everything done, I transfer it over to the next day's list. I've been doing a lot of that since school has been out.
In order to get over my compulsiveness about lists, I've tried changing the title of the list.
(Yes, each list must have a title!)
Instead of titling it by day, I've even gone so far as to title it by week recently. Unfortunately, I still don't get everything accomplished, and end up needing to transfer a few things over to the next list.
I derive great pleasure in crossing things off my list, once I've completed them. It's such a wonderful feeling to know that things are getting done, but I think I can pretty much say with total confidence that I absolutely NEVER have a completely crossed out list. Other things just keep popping up.
When we get ready to go on vacation, I even make a list of the various lists I have going on! I realize that's going just a tad overboard, but that's how I function best.
I created a template for the different sections of the grocery store and when I look at the weekly ad, I put the things we need under the proper section, along with the size of the product, the price, and how many to get! I'm extremely lucky because Ted does the weekly shopping. What a guy!! And get this...I actually SAVE the grocery lists on my computer!
In case you're interested, this is my list for Monday, June 23, 2008:
* spend half an hour working on re-organizing the pantry
* work on laundry (do at least 5 loads)
* send out four retirement cards (those lucky people)
* spend half an hour working on straightening the "stuff" in the den
* straighten one corner of the garage (gotta start small)
* look through recipes and decide on dinner
* go through box of stuff I ordered that arrived last week
* make phone calls to schedule:
- oil change/tire rotation
- carpet cleaning
- hair cut
I know I'll think of more things as the day goes on, but they will need to be added to Tuesday's list, unless I make up a new list encompassing the entire week.
Yep, I need to get a life!