Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Current Best Friend

to do list love 2

By my side, pretty much every.minute.of.the.day, right now is my "to-do list".

It would seem that everything suddenly wants to happen at the same time. I can handle that... at least, most of the time. Last week, I had a bit of a panic attack and was completely overwhelmed by just how much needs to get done though. I need to finish the second book, the deck needed finishing staining , Ron decided the shed should be re-roofed, Jacob ended lacrosse season and  chorus concerts and award ceremonies, Lauren is eager for an end of year lunch date at school, Ron bought a new truck, we are figuring out Andrew's summer plans, and... and... and... oh, we started painting the house too. Crikey!

In my mind, the most important thing that my attention needs to be focused on (from Mon-Fri) is finishing Rustic Wrappings.  So, to calm that panic taking my breath away last week, I created a to-do list that outlines everything I need to accomplished each day to get my commitment met. So far, so good! I am up early everyday, I organize my thoughts via my list, and I set to ticking things off one by one. Sounds a little silly, but it is oh so very satisfying. With so many things happening at once, and those things taking so much control out of my hands (like um... how the heck am I supposed to keep up on laundry and bathroom cleaning while painting a house and writing a book? seriously?), it is so gratifying to cross each little task off each day and know that it is all going to work out.

Looking at the big picture of all that is happening right now still easily overwhelms me. But, I am getting in the habit of blocking that out and focusing on right now. Deep breaths, and take it one day at a time.

*sigh* I love my to-do list... and yes, I kissed it.

ps... adding to today's list after seeing these photos... take a shower. must. not. forget. that. one!
pps... using the strike-through font thingy is nearly as satisfying as crossing things off in real life... who knew?


Linda Landig said...

Wow, you got a lot on your plate! I love crossing items off my to do list. Totally understand how gratifying that is.

SueBeads said...

I love crossing things off my list too! You get to see that you actually accomplished something! And you can say, See, I did get stuff done today!

Copper Diem said...

i'm a total list maker too! hang in there!

Azure Islands Designs said...

I'm a list maker myself so I hear every word you are saying!!!

Last week I made a silver bracelet bar on which I stamped
"just breath"...does that tell you where my head is right now?

Keep checking off the list...it does get smaller... :~)

Cindy said...

Kerry, you are so incredibly organized...in the face of all of life's chaos, you still manage to pull through wtih all of your commitments and deadlines (and make it seem like a piece of cake). I really, really need to do better about making lists. You know, I do make lists but them I'm afraid to look at them because even the list itself overwhelms me! :-(