1/13: trying barbara's technique

Awhile ago, Barbara mentioned in a comment here that sometimes she makes a to-do list in reverse--that is, she keeps doing things and listing them until she has a set number done. Today I set my number at 10. I liked this way of keeping myself on track without the track being too fixed in advanced. I figured that as long as I kept doing something, it didn't so much matter what it was. So thanks, Barbara!

Here are my 10 things: sketching out a schedule for my Myth & Children's Literature course; going to the dentist; mailing packages; reading Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (a graphic novel advertised with the tag-line "yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl"); writing to my advisees; submitting my abstract; sending postcrossing postcards; doing some online ordering; checking my savings account records against the bank statement; putting laundry away.

Not necessarily glamorous, but done nevertheless. And as my parents say, "Done is beautiful."


Barbara said...

Isn't that exciting to see the list getting longer and longer? I like it because I get done the things I really have energy and the will to do while the shoulds and have-tos just don't have quite that much pressure or interest... yet.

Thanks for the shout-out!

RR said...

I'll have to keep the technique in the mix for days when a to-do list feels too rigid. I used it again today!