Pare down

I have a daily organizer on which I list things I want to get done each day. In the early days of the pandemic, it was pretty bare, but as time has gone on, there are things I want to do, like keep in touch with friends or submit to poetry journals, that I like to keep on my list.

I’ve adapted how I do things depending on the planner, but I still mostly stick to some basics I learned from my Franklin-Covey days.

But one thing I’ve realized in the last few months to a year is that I am overly ambitious when it comes to some of the items on my list. For example, today I had: organize poems, submission list, submit to xxx, Proofreading Academy, write book review, check library, pay bills, and make cookies, to name a few. That’s too many! I also had time set aside to talk to my sister and potentially go to the City Council meeting. Plus, I work in the mornings and 4-5 days of the week I also want to exercise.

I need to be better at paring down and trying to focus myself on getting one major thing done or making progress on something than have nine things on the list that don’t get touched at all and neither does the major thing.

I usually just end up moving them on to the next day, but sometimes I try to divvy them up. Ultimately, it’s all fine because most of these things are just for me and not that anything that anyone is counting on. When there is stuff like that, like my other editing job, I make sure that happens, and these other things take a back seat. I guess it’s more about when I have the free time, what do I want to do with it? And if I have things I want to do or accomplish, why is that I often neglect them to scroll on my phone?

What are some ways you keep things on track?

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  1. Sandy says:

    I pick one thing a day (most days) that is the most important. It is my daily “intention” which is also my word for 2021. When I set that intention, and I accomplish it, I feel good about myself. I also have a tendency to stack my to-do list with too many things. Good luck! Let’s compare notes on how we’re doing with the paring down efforts.

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