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I am in information/task/idea overload these days. For 29 days now, I’ve been constantly running through writing topics in my head. I’ve made new blog friends with new blogs for me to read. My Google Reader seems to stay on overflow. I have no fewer than five books somewhere in the process of being read. I’m in the process of planning a summer schedule, a summer sermon series, and a summer writing project.I have three service calls coming up at the house this week: air conditioner, ice maker, and plumber. My children will begin summer break in three days. Three days!!
Last night I finally did what I should have done long ago. I sat down and made a To Do List. With this much going on, something is bound to fall through the cracks. Trying to keep a running list in my head is exhausting – probably because it keeps me awake at night. My sister was a master list keeper. Coincidentally (or not), she was always much more organized than I am.
Shortly after I made my list, a Twitter friend posted a link to a great article about the two lists you should look at everyday.
List 1: Your Focus List (the road ahead)
What are you trying to achieve? What makes you happy? What’s important to you? Design your time around those things. Because time is your one limited resource and no matter how hard you try you can’t work 25/8.
List 2: Your Ignore List (the distractions)
To succeed in using your time wisely, you have to ask the equally important but often avoided complementary questions: what are you willing not to achieve? What doesn’t make you happy? What’s not important to you? What gets in the way?
This is exactly what I needed to help get me back on track. There are so many things I want to do that I end up chasing my tail in circles instead of really accomplishing anything. I need to make these two lists. What are the most important things to me? What can I ignore that is currently keeping me from those important things?
I haven’t made my Focus List or my Ignore List yet. But they are on my To Do List, so hopefully soon. . .