Living with family for the first time in years (other than my husband and kids, of course), I keep finding various versions of to-do lists all over the house. It makes me smile to read the lists of my parents and sisters; they remind me of my own lists that they no doubt find everywhere. I could blame it on having toddlers, but the truth is, I’ve always had to make “to-do” lists to remember even the simplest things – things I know have to get done that just somehow slip my mind.
I’m not great at keeping the lists around and methodically checking them off either, but somehow it’s just the writing down of the necessary tasks that focuses my attention on them and cements them in my mind.
Lately, with my to-do lists seeming to contain a constant line-up of form-filling (still in the house-buying process!) and errand running/appointment keeping (still a mom of toddlers!), I realized I needed to inject my lists with something, well, a little more fun. I’m pretty lucky to be buying a house, and being a mom to my two kids is pretty amazing, but sometimes a list of chores really seems like just that – nothing but chores. So I’ve decided to perk up my responsibilities with some additional items, ones that remind me simply to stop and enjoy life.
Have Fun? Check.
For instance, in my most recent list, I added “time with friends” right along with “scan and send mortgage form” and “file nails” (I honestly do need to write down the simplest things). It should be a priority to spend time with people I love, and if I rarely get to see them due to our busy schedules, reminding myself that I need to make time to do just that is something that earns its place on my list of important tasks that need doing.
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