The other day I was talking to the Big Dog and I said, "You'd be amazed by the number of things I get done in a day." Then he said something revolutionary. He said, "You should write down everything you do for one day. It would be great to see."
First, I was thinking about how long that list would be if I really went into detail. Instead of "Made lunch." I could write, "Boiled hot dogs. Dished potato salad. Poured 3 glasses of milk." This would be quite a long and detailed list.
But, the more I thought about this list of things I've done, the more I realized there would be a much deeper reward to listing the things I've done in a day. Are you ever overwhelmed by your To Do list? I am. I pray over what I need to do and I make a list, but invariably, that list is rarely completed by the time I lay down at night. So, I start the next day with a list already started that I add to as the day progresses. In other words, I begin the day "behind the eightball" many days. This can be overwhelming. I also have a master "to do" list that I keep in my organizer. It seems that no matter how much I do in a day, I rarely cross very much off that list. All of these To Do lists can leave me feeling as though I don't accomplish much. As I mentioned earlier, it's overwhelming.
So, as I thought about the "Did List" I realized that every now and then, it would be nice to look at a list of the things I DID accomplish. This list would be an encourager, not a discourager. Writing a did list could give me the sense of accomplishment I seek from crossing off items on my To do list.
So, below is my "Did List" for today. Why don't you try one of your own?
Completed a chapter of my bible study.
Did two loads of laundry.
Played Monopoly, Scrabble, two games of Scrabble Scramble, Mancala, Mr. Big Mouth, WWE board game, and two games of ASAP.
Made popcorn for afternoon snack.
Swiffered the kitchen.
Made the bed.
Straightened the bedroom.
Emtied the filing cabinet.
Left a facebook birthday greeting for my neice.
Talked to my mother on the telephone.
Wrote a note to a sick friend.
Wrote a letter to my neice in MN.
Wrote a letter to my MIL in MN.
Wrote this blog.
checked the moneysavingmom blog.
Did my hair.
Got out steaks to defrost for supper.
Wound some blue jersey strips into a ball.
Loaded the dishwasher.
Finished a magazine.
Read a magazine article to my boys about decluttering.
Sorted the mail.