Posts Tagged ‘to-do list’

Do the Hardest Thing First

Monday, January 7th, 2013

The key to getting a lot done in your day is to do the hardest thing first. You know, the thing you’re dreading. Maybe it’s a quick phone call you need to make, and it’s weighing you down. If you get it done first (just force yourself to do it), then you feel lighter. You will be relieved and energized to do everything else you need to do in your day.

As much as I love filming my homeschooling to upload to my Unit Study Treasure Vault, during the month of December I just wanted to rest. We took the month off from homeschooling, but I still hadn’t filmed a few things to polish the Cell Unit Study. I needed to film how to put together the shadow box of the plant cell. I had all the materials out on the kitchen counter. They stayed on the kitchen counter for days. It was an easy project, but I was tired. I just kept putting it off. After all, the unit study wasn’t due in the vault until the 1st of January.

Well, my husband wanted to put his stuff down on the counter when he got home from work. But the counter was crowded with my cell stuff. This is why the project was weighing down on me. I finally decided I would just do it. We filmed it, and it was super easy. And it was done. I felt so much energy after that. I got more done that day than any other day in December, just because I bit the bullet and forced myself to do the thing that for some reason I had procrastinated.

You will not know what is weighing you down until you make a list of the things you need to get done. Making a list of to-do’s the night before will make you more productive the next day. After you have the list of things weighing you down, you can choose to do the hardest thing first, and force yourself forward to get it done. I’m telling you, this works.

Post-It Notes

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

post-it-notesBefore my husband left to the Czech Republic on a missions trip, he had so many things that he needed to do. Instead of having everything on one list, he wrote each to-do item on a post-it note. He stuck the post-it notes like a game show board on the back of our bedroom door. I thought that was clever. Each time he accomplished something (like mowing the grass or buying a conversion plug), he would peel off a post-it. Visually, the list got smaller and smaller as time went on. The sad part of it all is that there were so many things he had to do.

This was what the door looked like three days before he left. I looked at my husband incredulously and told him there was no way he was going to get it all done. I started peeling stuff off that I had asked him to do for me, since I now saw how overburdened he was. I realized that his life was always like this, that my husband always felt behind, and that one small chore like hanging a heavy mirror might be #87 on his list. I just felt very convicted that as a wife, I need to do as much as I can to alleviate his burden instead of add to it. I would have never known this in such a visual way had my husband not put post-it notes on the back of our bedroom door.