If you don’t ever use to-do lists, I’m sorry. Hopefully my next post will hit home a bit more.
To-do lists can be terrifying. I personally love them. They organize my thinking and allow me to measure my productivity throughout the day against my goals and predicted ability to get things done. So they’re great. I’m a big fan. I would recommend starting a to-do notebook if you’ve never used them. But when you start coming up with grand ideas, they can be downright scary.
Alright, I’ve got my to-do list for the day and I know what I want to get done. And then I have a big idea. I want to write a blog post every week for the next year. Or I want to buy a car. And I like to have it on paper so that I keep it fresh in my mind.
And then it sits there… Unable to be easily completed today or tomorrow or any time soon. Everything else on your list is done. Check box checked and a line through it. And you’re left with your big, longer term ideas.
I don’t know about you, but that intimidates me. I can’t do a dang thing about it in the short-term. And I just have to be ok with it. I have to have persistence and patience. That’s hard. And it makes me anxious from time to time.
But there’s hope. Now I make a long-term list and a today list. And I break out the long-term into smaller tasks to be completed in the short run. But the long term doesn’t go away. It’s there and it’s nerve-wrecking and it sets high expectations.
But then again, maybe high expectations aren’t so bad. And still terrifying.