Bogus ‘to do’ list


This morning and every morning, I sit with my coffee and day planner, crafting my daily chore list.  Suddenly, it occurred to me that this routine has become meaningless.


I do it because I’ve been doing it for at least 40 years and can’t live without a checklist of activities (to make me feel important, perhaps?).

No. I think I do it as a means of procrastinating.  After reviewing the list, if I spot something I really, really don’t want to do, I just move it to next week.  Voila! Done!

I have things on that list (like cleaning out the gutters) that have been moved from month to month since last February.  Ah, excuses.  We’ve all got them.

In truth, that avalanche of daily chores may be just another form of procrastination.  I can do 10 or 20 things a day, but if I don’t put in at least a half hour on the main project, I feel like I didn’t do anything.

I have two main projects today: 1) Throw a party for  Daddy to celebrate his 87th birthday without burning anything; and 2) after everything’s been cooked and the oven is cooled, I’ll stash all the clutter in the oven until tomorrow when I’ll deal with it a skosh more effectively.

4 thoughts on “Bogus ‘to do’ list

  1. You are NOT alone. I don’t move them, I simply go to the list tomorrow AM and check off what I did yesterday (today), add what I need to do today and all those things that I didn’t do yesterday just comes in as second runner and they remain as part of my to do list. I imagine that some of the things at the bottom has been there 8 to 10 years. YIKES…

  2. Emily, when is Dr. Braddock’s birthday. My daughter who works at the hospital said he still comes by most days and I know she, and others there, would love to be able to acknowledge this milestone.

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