Getting Organized, One List at a Time

I have been moving through a big life change recently. I sold my brick and mortar business and moved the bulk of my work home. It has been so freeing to let go of a time clock and work in my own time, at my own pace. I almost don’t know what to do with myself! I knew that come home meant that I would have to instigate some sort of structure, or risk getting nothing done. Last week, I settled on a daily list. Every morning, as I peruse Facebook and drink a cup of coffee, I muse about what should be on my list. It is a mix of work stuff, home stuff and self-stuff. Exercise is always on the list. Sometimes I put things on the list that I already did, so that I can have the satisfaction of marking them off. I print the list and keep in next to my laptop, so that I can keep track of what I need to do. One of my daughters adds, “Give Mattie Hugs” to the bottom of the list every day. I do it. Someone else added, “Take kids for ice cream.” I did that too.


There has yet to be a day that I have done every single thing on my list. I am learning to be okay with that. I have had to remind myself that I can be proud of what I have accomplished without beating myself up about what I did not get to. I simply roll those tasks over to the next day. Life does not have to be lived like a marathon. It is easy to forget that in our current hustle and bustle.


Getting organized has given me a tremendous peace of mind. I am not worrying about what I have procrastinated, because I know where I stand. When the negative self-talk of my ego fires up, telling me that I am not doing enough, I kindly refer back to the list. In your FACE ego! I am enough, I am certainly doing enough and I don’t need your sass! I think that I will stick with this list. It is empowering me.