I just attempted to make my MASTER LIST - a list of every item I want to accomplish at some point in the future - and I got stuck. Because the future is going to last a long time - at least I hope it will! - and some of the items I WANT to accomplish feel more like impossible dreams than items for a to-do list. Like everything on my Amazing Life List.
So I decided to start small, by writing a summer to-do list - to be completed by September 30, 2011. It feels good to have created this list. But I feel exhausted because, in a way, it is just the tip of the iceberg, as it does not include the mundane but necessary daily and weekly tasks. Anyway, here it is.
Clean out garage.
Deep clean house.
Finish painting Nathan's bedroom doors.
Paint my bedroom.
Make pillows for living room.
Have siding pressure washed.
Have gutters repaired.
Lay pine straw in natural area.
Have piano tuned.
Organize ensemble materials/paperwork; prepare to pass on to new committee member.
Prepare and mail (or email) back-to-school packet.
Send July invoices.
Send August invoices.
Add 5 new items to online shop per week.
Keep up with online marketing course.
Finish revision of The Wishing Box.
Draft new project.
Write 100,000 words between June 1st and August 31st.
Write short story; submit to Woman's World magazine.
Put together writer resume.
Complete Firestarter Sessions.
Organize grandmother letters.
Travel to visit parents.
Travel to visit Pat.
Travel to beach.
The next step is to incorporate all these items into my daily and monthly lists. Here are the standing items.
Write 500 words.
Read 30 minutes.
Create one new item for Etsy store.
List one new item in Etsy store.
Practice piano 30 minutes.
Send student invoices.
Tomorrow morning, I am going to divide the items on my master list between the days, weeks and months that remain until September 30th. My goals may be too ambitious. But it's a sure thing I will get further with them working from a list than I would have otherwise. How are your lists coming along?