I have been a roll lately.. getting lots done. I have really gotten into my “to-do” lists. I have things like master lists to follow, and I will jot down a few things here and there that need to be done, but never really had an on going to-do list. Now my hubby is THE list man. He always has so much to do and so many details to think about between work and home and he has lists going all the time. So I followed his example and began making lists for myself.
At first I was a bit overwhelmed.. I saw all that I needed to do and thought.. oh my.. ignorance was/is bliss! LOL.. But then I became focused and started putting one foot in front of the other and it has become a challenge to me to see how much I can knock off the list each day! Also it has been a nice cure for the lack of inspiration.. doing or action always produces enthusiasm to keep moving (at least for me).
In the last few days I managed to get a gallon of salsa made, ½ gallon of sauerkraut, 4 gallon size jars filled with granola (I taught Sierra how to do this little job so she can help out with the granola making too! ), did oodles of laundry, made 32lbs of soap, cleaned up my basement and did some reorganizing, sewed a button on a pair of pants, gave the all the guys hair cuts, kept up on dinners for the family and the house tidy, caught up on all my book work, and did some web work, etc.. you get the idea!
So my cure for feeling a little blue and uninspired lately was to.. “do the next thing”.. put one foot in front of the other.. I find it to be like synergy.. the energy created from doing gives me energy to keep doing (don’t know if that is the exact definition but that is how I think of it).. Even when you don’t feel like it. My mother in law said to me once.. “the first five minutes of a job are the hardest”.. sometimes it is the getting up and doing that takes the most effort, but once you get going.. then the synergy part kicks in.. and how great it feels to be productive!
Now today.. my focus turns toward redoing my to-do list.. As soon as I have checked off more than half of the list, I pull out another piece of paper and transfer the unchecked items to it and start adding more… because there is always more to add! LOL..
So.. if you have lots to do and are feeling overwhelmed or uninspired.. make a to-do list and start working on it.. one step at a time.. and you too will begin to feel a great sense of accomplishment, energy and enthusiasm from being productive..
Here is a cute little to-list to print off..