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“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~St. Francis of Assisi

I love lists. Daily to-do lists. Weekly goals. Groceries. Marketing contacts. Project steps. Writing ideas. And almost as much as making the lists, I love crossing things off of them! (Confession time: I’ve been known to put things on a list after I did it, just so I could draw a line through it.)

But how do you know what to put on the list?

Start with what is necessary. Quiet time, exercise, meals, a load of laundry, errands that must be done today. The next steps to complete a project at work. These are the things that have to be done and really need to be finished today.

Next on my list are the things I’d like to get done if I have time. Additional errands I can cross off now on this trip. A trip to the swimming pool with the kids. The next items on the top of my writing to-do list. A craft project. A batch of cookies. These are the extras that will free up additional time later and take me another step closer to my other goals.

Like the opening quote pointed out, if I’m getting the necessary and the possible done, suddenly I find myself able to do the impossible. Why? Because with steady progress and focused efforts, I have journeyed to the place I previously thought impossible. Hmm. Kinda like redesigning a website and self-publishing a book in three weeks while working 35 hours a week and shuttling three kids to various activities over summer vacation.

What about you? Are you a list-maker? How do you decide what to put on your list? Have lists helped you accomplish your goals?

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One thought on “Prioritizing the To-Do List

  • June 24, 2011 at 4:46 am
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    >I'm a total list maker! Love it! But I put everything on my lists. Small and big things. Ithink I like to put the small things because I can cross them off my list quicker and I feel like I'm making progress. 🙂

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