I’m all about getting organized. I have published several articles about goals, time blocking, and other organizing methods within the past year.
However, I failed today. To speak the truth, I’ve been failing for quite a while. I don’t write my daily to-do anymore. Some days I get my work done thanks to my time-blocking method, but some days like today, I just want to give up in the middle of my non-existent to-do list.
Getting everything done as usual
When everything goes perfectly in a perfect life on Fridays, I have a writing day. I wake up, go through my morning routine, then do my yoga and my meditation. At 10:30, I start writing before lunch.
The tricky unplanned
Today, I had to go grocery shopping for a special family meal during my usual writing time. So I started writing after lunch instead of before.
When I was done, however, I should have tried to squeeze more things in — whatever I should have been doing in the afternoon. But there I was, sitting in front of my laptop, convincing myself I already did enough for today. I had to create a menu for our dinner and then handle the groceries all by myself.
The feeling of accomplishment
After all these unplanned events, I managed to get my writing done, which was my must-do of the day. For a Friday, I felt accomplished. After all, aren’t Friday afternoons supposed to be chill?
But what about my afternoon schedule? Without a daily to-do, I’m cancelling everything else I should be doing to enjoy a quiet late afternoon. My unmentioned schedule doesn’t feel mandatory anymore.
I should have made a to-do
With a to-do list, I have a clear view of the tasks I want to get done by the end of the day. Even if part of them is already checked, I can’t pretend the rest of it doesn’t exist. Without a to-do list, I simply want to forget about what remains. I can skip it, just for today!
A simple brain dump of my daily tasks would have been enough. These 3 minutes would have saved my afternoon tasks.
Time blocking is a powerful tool that helps anyone be efficient while remaining flexible, but it needs a daily to-do list. When life happens, we tend to want to forget about secondary, though still important, tasks. Sometimes, wanting to simplify could be more efficient and productive!
Have a great day 🤍