Write a daily note.
Organize your attitude #22
How do we keep track of all that needs to be done?
How, if we do track all that needs to be done, do we keep the most important tasks top of mind rather than lost in the sea of details?
We need to write a daily note.
The power of a little index card or post it note is in the brevity. It allows us to keep our expectations realistic and focused.
Selecting 3 priority tasks for the day and writing them down forces us to focus on gaining traction where it matters rather than get lost in the swarm of details.
But often when I’m choosing those three priority tasks, I have a tendency to actually choose extras. I tend to discount what I already need to do in the day and write down the top three things I want to do on top of what I already have going on.
This leaves me either frustrated or frazzled.
Our daily note needs perspective.
You might not feel that the normal things that we have to do in a day “count” much, and so put things on your daily list that will “count” in your own mind.
But what has God called us to in this day? Probably normal, average, typical jobs – done with joy. Certainly He has called us to have the law of kindness on our tongues.
Perhaps that is the sort of thing that we need to add to our daily list. I know it helps me when, instead of listing out project tasks I want to get to, I list not simply “finish homeschool day” but “finish homeschool day with a smile.” Or, instead of “write next blog post” choose to prioritize “look children in the eye when they talk.”
Writing down three priorities for the day is an excellent habit, one that does increase our likelihood of making progress, but as we do so we must actually choose our priorities and not our wishful thinking.
Here’s to realistic, short daily to do lists!