I'm a list maker. They calm me down, focus me and keep me organized. But there are some things that I do routinely that I need to remind myself of but I don't want to keep writing over and over. I know that I sound like a grade school kid admitting that I need to be reminded to do such simple things, but the fact is, I get distracted. I have to remind myself to figure out what we're having for dinner because otherwise it'll BE dinnertime when I realize that I have no idea what we're having. And that's the moment where creativity tends to fail me.
So I finally found a way to keep my routine to-dos nearby without writing "vacuum" on a list again and again. Or "dinner plan". AGAIN. The repetitive nature of cooking has got to be the worst part. If it were only once I week I'd be SO enthusiastic about it. (Didn't we just eat dinner yesterday? Is it already time for that again?!?) My solution: I made a magnetic to do list and added it to the magnetic boards at my desk.
I think my favorite one is the bathrooms magnet. Please examine it below. Bathrooms are so easy to clean when I just go from one to the other and get it all done at once. But remembering to do that... just doesn't seem to happen. Generally the realization hits me as the doorbell is ringing-- whoa, we've got problems. So, a reminder helps. Even seeing the magnet and asking myself "when was the last time I did that?" helps. I've tried to keep these simple and reasonable and do-able. I am probably overly optimistic with the 20 minute cardio one. Even 5 minutes of cardio a day would be an improvement. Well, planned cardio. As opposed to the adrenaline-spurred sprint up the stairs to find out WTH that crash in the kids' bedroom was all about.
You can see exactly how I made them over at Crafts Unleashed. I really want to hear what you think. On one hand, writing this post has made me wonder whether I'm the only one who is so easily distracted that I need to be reminded to do ridiculously simple things. On the other hand, I'm wondering whether I should add others, like... "drink water". 'Cause there've been (plenty of) days where that was forgotten, too.