My latest attempts at achieving organizational nirvana involve the computer, colors and willpower. After two days using this self-created self-help tool I’ve recognized a few fatal flaws.
- I shouldn’t rely on a computer for something so critical
- The color coding doesn’t make much sense except in an advertising kind of mentality (oo, oo, pick me, pick me)
- My willpower varies widely with the time of day, how much sleep I got, if I remembered to take my medications and how much caffeine is in my system.
I might have to resort to stronger measures. Like a sheet of paper and a pencil.
Someone one December suggested abandoning the lists altogether.
It was a man.
You know, those creatures with the one track mind. Aim them toward something and nothing will distract them. No multitasking there. Do Item A. Ignore everything else until Item A ends successfully. In fact, no other items even exist until Item A reaches completion.
Oh, to be a man.
Abandon all lists.
Here’s a sample list of things to do between now, Friday afternoon, and Monday, three days away.
If I cloned myself and hired someone to help it might begin to make a dent. And this doesn’t include the seven or eight things at the top of the list. Nor does it involve the unwritten mental list I carry around all the time. And it certainly doesn’t have anything written down that might suddenly come up and take total precedence over the entire list. Even the red, or blue or highlighted or underlined or bolded items. Nope. There’s always that kind of stuff hovering nearby.
If you’re like MSH, or almost any other man, you’d suggest the ABC123 approach of prioritizing.
That’s all well and good.
But, honestly, I’m just venting. Your job is to read and commiserate or shake your head and think I’m a nut case. Whatever.
If you also have a list that looks like this, or worse (bless you) then you understand. My list is just here to make you feel better about your list.
What gets done will get done. What doesn’t, doesn’t.
Life goes on.
Except when it doesn’t.