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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Master List Keeps Getting Longer

My to-do list seems to get longer and longer every day with projects I want to finish.  Are you like this too?  I look around the house and think, "oh yeah, I want to get that done too" and that thought is quickly followed up with " all my spare time!"

However, for at least three weeks now, I have been inspired by the posts at New Nostalgia.

It's time to write about my Master List!  Maybe this will help keep me accountable...

Each week Amy has a feature called Anti-Procrastination Tuesday's which is meant to encourage readers to get their projects completed and then share how they did it.  You can write about your long list of goals, things you have accomplished, or how you beat procrastination.

I know what you're thinking...yes, it's taken me 3 weeks to post!  Yeah, I've been procrastinating...I guess.

I have what I call the Master List for all of my want-to-do or need-to-do tasks and projects.  It seems like we can get a lot done some days, whereas on other days absolutely nothing seems to get done.  Anyone else get what I mean? 

Ok, so on to my Master List.  My goodness, it's long!

Susan's Master List
  • Compile and complete the girl's portfolios  Yea!  I actually did this, but it was on the list and I wanted to show at least one thing accomplished, so here it is.
  • Stain the shelves in the office my sweet husband put up for me nearly two years ago.  I want to stain the wood to match the top of my desk.  That will be a long project considering the shelves are in working order and full of stuff.  But, every time I look at them I think about how they just don't match the desk.  (Can you say distraction??)
  • Reorganize the office closet.  Done!  See photos here.
  • Figure out how to incorporate exercise into my seemingly already packed days. I'm fitting it in during my morning hours.  Yes!
  • Spray paint those little candle holders I found at a garage sale a month ago (they're sitting on my patio table just begging to be beautified!)    Done! 
  • Finish H's quilt for her birthday (that's in less than two weeks!)
  • Finish putting mulch down in the flowerbeds - I have been to Lowe's twice and still didn't buy enough mulch!  Ugh, have to go back all my spare time...(wink, wink)  Done!
  • Organize this side of the attic - oh my...that's going to be interesting now that it is so very hot up there.
  • Re-do both girl's bedrooms - not necessarily painting, but organizing, cleaning out closets, purging, switching out winter for summer wardrobes, etc.  I'd like to be able to enjoy walking into those rooms.  We finally got the lofts built for the girls' rooms and everything has been reorganized.  Yippee!  Hoping to post photos soon.
  • Find a part for the coffee pot that has been sitting on my laundry room floor for months...or get rid of it!  Gone.
  • Sew a skirt for the stand on which the small fish tank now resides (it needs some aesthetic help!)
  • Get H's b-day invitations into the mail.  I actually got them into the mail 8 days before the party. 
  • Organize the front closet.  Did it!  I found some great fabric covered storage boxes at a garage sale for $10 and they work great for that shelf in the closet.  All the scarfs, hats, and gloves are now nicely and neatly contained.  It was so great to see those exact boxes at Target and discover that brand new they would have cost between $65 and $70 for all four!  LOVE garage sales!
  • Find new cushions for the glider.  Our resident squirrels tore apart one of the cushions to the point it's beyond repair.  I hope she's enjoying her nest!!  Not having too much luck here...
  • Buy bird feed and fill the feeders.  Our new hobby is watching the birds.  
  • Organize the fabric stash and what-not under my sewing desk.  Don't even know what is under there anymore!  Ahhh...organization!  Love it.  Done.
  • Get files from my laptop to the main hard drive.  Working on this today.
  • Vacuum and clean the van.  How does it get so cluttered so quickly?  I've done this twice since the original post, so that's a good thing!  
Well, that's it for now.  I know there are more for me to put up here, but I can't find my other list!  It's ok - I'll find it...eventually.  (Deep breath...sigh...)

All my best to you and yours today.  May you begin to tackle your to-do list too!


Amy Bowman said...

great list! love it, thanks for sharing it at "AP Tuesdays" and all your kind words!
so glad you wrote "figure out what to do for fathers day" I need to get on that one, too. I have some pretty special men in my life that i want to feel honored on that day, so time to start planning!

Susan said...

It's my pleasure Amy! I've been wanting to do that for a while. Hoping now to post the finished projects!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Oooh! You go girl! I am still working on my to dos!

Rachel @ The Cupcake Sprinkles In Life said...

Wow- that's quite a to do list! :)

So people make lists? No wonder, I just run around like a crazy person trying to figure out how to restore order to my home :)

I should learn from your example... you truly do fit your blog title :)hehehe

Susan said...

Thanks for stopping by Jess and for the follow! The to-do's never seem to end, but that's ok - I am not sure what I would do with myself with "nothing" to do!

Hi Rachel! Oh I fit my title do I? Thank you! I do have days where I run to and fro trying to figure out what to do next. lol


Dr.Mom said...

I like your idea of a master list. I should do that, all my to do's seem haphazardly scribled on random pieces of paper...must do master list! That will be first on my list. Thanks for the post :)

marypotterkenyon said...

I love bins and baskets for organizing. Parts of my life are very organized. Others not so much. I wish someone would come in and clean my house.

Michelle said...

My master list is in my head! I use to have a physical one, somewhere....and someday I'll get around to finding it-eventually! Lol!

It' so funny to come across this post. I started writing one on procrastination yesterday and I'll probably finish it next week- sometime! (Ya think I might need to join?!)

I like New Nostalgia's idea. It's so needful for many of us. I personally think that one of the reasons we procrastinate is because we already feel overwhelmed!

Thank you for sharing this! Have a blessed weekend, Susan!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

I need a master list! I'm going to do this for myself this week!
Have a pretty night!

Susan said...

Hi Dr. Mom - yes, I often find other sticky notes lying around that need to be added to my Master List too. I call those times for me, "life happens".

Hi Mary - Oh yes, bins and baskets are always my first choice for organizing. :)

Hello Michelle - I too am glad that Amy started the AP thread. It's convicting in a good way.

Bringing Pretty Back - welcome! How's your ML coming along?

Thank you for stopping by ladies! Have a blessed and organized week. :)

Warren Baldwin said...

Make a master list ... good suggestion even for the 'guys' :) Good post.

Susan said...

Thank you Warren! I love your blogs - they're uplifting and encouraging. Thank you for stopping by. :)

Amy Bowman said...

susan-this is such a great post. I wanted to let you know that I am much more likely to feature a post if there is at least one picture on it. (Even if it is just a photo of a checklist or a check mark) I don't know if you even care to be featured, but thought I'd pass that lil tip along:)

Susan said...

Hi Amy - you are so right about photos! I included one in my link to your AP Tuesdays this week. :)

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Susan-

I have a master list that keeps getting longer too! My problem is that I have this list on many differnt sheets of paper. I need to combine it and carry it with me always instead of writing things I want to add to it on little scraps of paper. You are so organized!
My best- Diane