There are many people out there who function just fine without a daily to-do list to check off. They never miss an engagement, phone call, or grocery item but I am not one of them. Every list starts with the top three items I am hoping to accomplish for the day and the others may have to continue to the next day’s list. The list is flexible to the Lord’s plans for the day. I pray over my list for the day, and it helps to remind me that He ordains my days.
Your to-do list can be as simple as a post-it note, 3 x 5 card or a notebook. I have a planner pad that I keep my to-do list in that goes with me pretty much everywhere. I do need to write things down, or they will be forgotten. What are some items that may be on my to-do list? Items like, phone calls, notes, errands, emails that need to be sent, or any other item that isn’t part of my daily household routine for the day.
I keep a small notebook in my purse when I am out to jot down items that come to mind or my attention that need to be addressed so they can be added to the list if it is not right with me. (Examples: a phone call that needs to be returned, a card that needs to be sent, a prayer request or a meal to a neighbor in need).My to-do list gives my mind the freedom to not have so many things on it and helps me in being efficient and orderly at getting tasks done.
Maybe it’s because I am getting older, but I find comfort in routines and my morning and evening routine help to begin and end my days in calmness and not chaos. My to-do list gives my mind the freedom to not have so many things on it and helps me in being efficient and orderly at getting tasks done.
Here is my list of reasons on the way my to-do list just gives my day order and structure.
Top Ten Reasons I Love My To-Do List
- At a glance, I can see what is on the list for the day and determine the amount of time it will take.
- I automatically know at the end of the day what needs to transfer over to tomorrow’s to-do list.
- It declutters my mind.
- It helps me to see what tasks I can delegate to others in my family.
- I can focus on the important things that need to get done first by prioritizing them on the list. No more procrastination.
- I so enjoy scheduling a fun item on my list like a break time for a cup of tea or coffee.
- I have more time as my day is focused and I am not wasting time determining what needs to be done next.
- It helps me in being a helper to my husband. I ask my husband daily how I can help him and make sure to add his requests to my list and get them done that day if possible.
- I find I concentrate better and have a good sense of satisfaction and achievement when those tasks are completed and crossed off the list.
- My evening routine includes updating my to-do list for the next day, so my favorite benefit is I sleep better because all thoughts of things that need to be done are already written down and are off my mind for the night.
What are your thoughts? Do you keep a to-do list? What are your favorite benefits of keeping one or of not keeping one?
“Resolve to make every day count. Be a woman of action. Treat each day as precious.”
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