I just read Dawn’s latest diary entry.
She was talking about using ‘to-do’ lists and how they can actually be self-defeating, especially for procrastinators. I would definitely have to agree with her. In fact, at times, I find myself even going more extreme and off the edge when it comes to being obsessive about lists.
Dawn mentioned holding off doing a task until she actually physically puts it on a list. I, on the flip side, have already completed simple tasks, but then delay and waste time retroactively putting them on my calendar and list, just so that I can cross them out. I guess it’s not really a ‘to-do’ list, but a ‘have-done’ list.
I have to ask myself if I need to congratulate myself on the littlest of tasks by making evidence of it. Look mom, look at all the items I crossed out! The time I spent thinking, and trying to remember all that I’ve already done, and documenting it…that time could be better spent working on the next task.
Do I do it to guarantee success? I’m going to put on my ‘to-do’ list items that I’ve already done; therefore, I’m able to cross off everything on my ‘to-do’ list. Look mom, no hands! (That’s probably because she’s still holding mine…)
In essence, mine is a list of what I don’t have to do. Splendid.