Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Listing Life

During the past month several people asked me why I was no longer writing in my blog (I went from March 31st to April 22nd without an entry). The truth is, I wasn’t writing because I was working on being more organized and productive, yet, somehow, being productive did not include producing anything written.

Once the trauma and “must do’s” surrounding my mother-in-law’s death had settled down, I decided that it was time to get back into a more normal routine. I also needed to catch up on several projects; I know myself and I know that the best way for me to stay focused is to make a list of what needs to be done. So, early this month I started making a daily To Do list for myself. I was thrilled with the results: tasks were getting done, I wasn’t wasting time, I felt a sense of accomplishment throughout the day every time I was able to cross off an item. The problem was, my life of lists was listing – I had not been including time for fun, creative “tasks” (like writing this blog). I found myself feeling a sense of accomplishment over all the tasks I was getting done, but empty from the lack of enrichment. So, to borrow a phrase I’ve heard, I put myself back on my To Do list and do you know what happened? Not only did I write a blog earlier this week, but my mental attitude improved in all areas – I exercised more, I ate better, I felt more settled and happy. When my To Do list includes activities I enjoy, my life no longer lists; it comes back into balance.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Debbie,
Ok, I get it! Thanks for the reminder! This week I'll be attending my weekly Weight Watchers meeting and climbing the stairs to the 10th floor of my building at least once a workday, even if there's "no time!" My workload is formidable, but frankly skipping my self care stuff hasn't gotten the work done anyway. So back to putting me on the list, and thanks for being a role model!
Sincerely,
Marcia