Meandering Monday about Becoming a Slave to the Lists

I’m a great one for making lists – I’ve been this way for quite some time. I make lists of goals and projects, things that I plan to do.

I probably spend too much time just making the lists. When I first started using a planner, I would make a list each night of the things I should try to get done the next day. Quite often, I was copying most of each day’s list onto the next day, onto the next day, and so on.

After a while, the planner became about what I wasn’t getting done, and it was taking up a substantial chunk of my time as well. I don’t use a planner anymore.

I do still make lists, though. It can be easy for me to become a slave to those lists – just following them by rote rather than by reason. If you make lists for yourself, it’s a good idea to reexamine your list and remember the reasons for what’s on it.

Some of you may have noticed that there was no Meandering Monday last week. Normally, I have my blog posts written and scheduled the day before they are to be released. Part of what happened was I hadn’t written the post in advance. I thought I would write it Monday morning, but as I sat staring at the computer I realized that I didn’t have anything to meander about – I was only trying to post because it was Monday, and that’s when I’m supposed to meander. I stepped back from the compulsion to write the post and deliberately chose NOT to write last week’s Meandering Monday.

Does that sound like an excuse to not do what I’m supposed to do? Well, it does to me. But sometimes you just need to take a break from what you have told yourself you “must” do.

Just saying…

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