I used to love lists. Now I despise them.
I made a list earlier this year. I wrote down all of the things I needed to have happen and scheduled when I would do them during the day. I was pretty lenient with how much time they would take. I hung it on my wall with pretty tape. I was optimistic.
Within 30 minutes, I was already behind.
By lunchtime, I was drowning.
By dinner? I quit.
I did not complete a single thing on the list even though I worked by tail off all day. I actually thought to myself, “What in the world did I do all day if I didn’t cross anything off my list?”
Who needs that kind of negative self talk? Not this girl.
“Never again,” I vowed. I would never let a list of things that didn’t get done rob me of the joy and satisfaction of the things I actually excelled at that day–like reading with my kids, playing on the floor with my baby, chatting with neighbors, remembering to eat lunch.
A couple of weeks ago, I thought about creating an All Done List. It’s basically the opposite of the To Do List. On an All Done List, you write down everything you have completed after you complete them.
Friends, it is incredibly empowering! At the end of the day, I read all the things that I did that day and thought, “Man. I’m amazing! Can’t stop. Won’t stop! BOOM.”
Do you want to see my All Done List? It’s extremely mundane, but I was totally motivated by it.
Gavin had a nightmare and snuggled into our bed around 3 am.
Norah was up before 7. Fed her in our bed and then she climbed all over us for a few minutes before Josh got ready for work.
Took Norah and Gavin downstairs to watch TMNT together.
Read an article on dangers of screen time for kids …and then checked on Facebook feed. Lol
Checked on my eBay listings.
Edited pictures on my phone from yesterday’s hike and loaded them into the Hiking Season 2015 album on Facebook. I can’t wait to print the book for the family for Christmas!
Checked on Sage. She got a new apartment and a job interview. I am so excited for her.
Took a shower and blew my hair dry. Got ready for the day.
Got Jackson up and dressed for the day. Snuggled in my bed for a couple minutes. Okay, maybe like one minute. #twoyearolds
Put a load of laundry away.
Made breakfast for the kiddos–sausage, onions, fresh peaches, OJ. Jack helped make the OJ. He is so cute.
Had breakfast around the table with the kiddos and “started” the day with a prayer. Went over the schedule for the day/week with them. (Tyson likes to know what’s happening.)
Got VTing all lined up for Thursday.
Cleaned the kitchen.
Fed Norah and put her down for her morning nap.
Reminded the kids to choose 2 chores to do this morning and make their beds.
Got to use the bathroom by myself and check my Instagram feed! Only 2 interruptions. Ha! Hooray for semi-privacy!
Searched the basement for cleats for everyone today. New soccer/football season starts on Saturday. Success! Just need to buy new cleats for Tyson for football.
Got the kids snacks. (Apples)
Had a family meeting about expectations for off-track. Made a new written out schedule with ideas to remind them of things they can do. Gavin decorated the giant schedule and helped me hang it on the door.
Woke Norah up from morning nap.
Read a book together with the kids. “I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love“.
Got the kids snacks. (Yogurt)
Put puzzle together with boys. Everyone quit except me and Gav.
^ Put Jack in a 2 minute Time Out for throwing the puzzle pieces in the sink. lol Made him apologize to Gavin.
Listened to a piano concert by Tyson with new songs he is writing.
Put a Dr. Pepper in the fridge for Josh to enjoy after the kiddos go to bed and I’m at work.
Made lunch (homemade “Lunchables”)
Had lunch together with kids. Laughed as they taught Jack how to make “Cracker Sandwiches”
Put on an opera together over lunch and imitated Mr. Bean.
Checked my Facebook notifications.
Fed Norah in the high chair while the boys built a fort in the family room. Listening to Imagine Dragons. Broke up a fight due to wrecking each other’s forts.
Tried not to be annoyed with every blanket in the house now on the floor. Failed at that.
Played patty cake with Norah to “Polaroid.”
Cleaned up lunch …half heartedly. Even with paper plates–I just hate dishes so much.
Put Norah inside the fort to play.
Took Jack upstairs for his nap. Changed him back into jammies. Changed his bedding and put it in the washer with his help. Put Bear and Pagoda in the dryer because Jack was freaking out about it. Piggy back ride to fill up his drink with water. Mommy Express train ride to the dryer to pick up Bear and Pagoda. Made a fort for Jack in his crib and told him I loved him.
Blast. Forgot my glasses. Tip toes back into Jack’s room. He ripped them off my face when I was getting his jammies on.
Made Norah’s bottle, fed her, put her down for a nap.
Kissed the big boys as they pretended to hate it and told them to enjoy their baby-free free-time.
Made myself a giant drink of La Croix and Pom on ice and went upstairs to my working chair.
Worked as Editor of Adoption.com for 2 hours.
Worked as co-owner and silversmith at Charmed for an hour making sure everything was set up before we headed to work later tonight.
Babies started to stir from their naps.
Got the babies up, changed their diapers. Changed Jack back into clothes.
Got Jackson a snack after he contemplated the meaning of life in the pantry. (Applesauce)
Straightened up the kitchen counter/cleared off the table.
Gave the big boys 2 chores to do before sending them outside to play with friends until dinner.
Played on the floor with the babies until Josh got home with dinner. It’s Taco Tuesday which means Cafe Rio every Tuesday night. I love this tradition and how it is a way that Josh supports me in my business efforts.
Called the big boys in from outside.
Had dinner together as a family. We talked about everyday things and I remind the boys to eat like gentlemen and Jack to my throw food on the floor.
Clean up spilled water.
Coax kids into eating more.
Went upstairs to finish up Charmed work and check for new messages. Packed up my computer to take to the studio.
Said goodbye to each of the kids, kissed Josh goodbye. He thanked me for working so hard. Love him.
Called Mom while I drive to Kim’s. She is hilarious.
Arrived at Kim’s at 6:45. Enter the garage code to get into the studio in the basement.
Laughed and joked and created orders until 11 PM when I drive home.
Finally ready to sit on the couch and do nothing. Josh hooked us up with a good show on Netflix. I checked my social media with a huge glass of ice water.
Crawl into bed around 12:30 and sleep like a rock.
Here’s how I kept track: I simply opened a note on my phone and jotted down my completed tasks during the day.
Are you up for the experiment? Give it a try for a day and let me know how it worked for you.