I start almost every day with a to-do list. I keep them in little notebooks; this year, I was given a fantastic moleskine Daily Planner, and I used it with abandon. When I find a little notebook that has served as my to-do list keeper, I enjoy flipping back through it, recalling the urgency of projects that are long past. I usually toss them after a while (though I still have the one I used during my transition from New York to New Mexico. All the lists from selling my co-op and buying my condo are there. I'm sentimental that way). This is one of my busiest weeks of the year as I not only work to get grades submitted but to also plan the spring semester (book orders are due!) and manage holiday activities.
Here, then, is my Ten Things on My To-Do List list
1. Grade Composition 101 portfolios (today)
2. Print materials to bring to interview (today...interviewing tomorrow for contract renewal. Fingers crossed, please).
3. Dust and vacuum (today...company coming! Hurrah!)
4. Put up Christmas tree and decorate (Friday night)
5. Grade Bus/Tech writing projects and reports (Friday)
6. Finish reading client's novel manuscript & provide feedback (by Sunday, ideally)
7. Wrap gifts to ship to TN (yikes! Today!)
8. Order Neal's gifts (today!)
9. Sit quietly and knit (every day, for at least 30 minutes)
10. Tell Neal he is a rock star (our basement flooded yesterday; from 7-9:30, Neal worked in the cold, wet basement until everything was as it should be) (I've told him this already, but that kind of uncomplaining hard work deserves extra praise, don't you think?)
How about you? What are you dreading most on your to-do list? What are you eager to get to?
*Somehow this shot of little cairns, found all over the woods where the dogs and I hike, reminds me of to-do lists. The little stack of activities that make up a to-do list lead to something more powerful. Or something.