Wednesday, May 19, 2010
to do today and stuff i did
where would i be without my trusty checklist? increasingly, nowhere. if it's not written, it's not done. electronic reminders are next to worthless. it's too easy to click ignore or to push off the deed to another day. i need something concrete and in my face that says "do this now", plus i thrive on the satisfaction of crossing out or checking off a task on a real piece of paper. so i doodled a set of my own. but i found that they fell short, because traditional to do lists only cover a sliver of what the day demands. you can wake up knowing what you MUST do, but you really have no idea what you'll HAVE to do. you can cross off "pay bills", "finish project" and "return books" with ease because there are spaces for those neatly planned activities, but what about the fifteen minutes you spent looking for a lost shoe on the way to the library? the half hour you invested in cleaning the nutri-grain bar off the carseat and the applesauce that got launched on the ceiling during breakfast? the morning you spent covering your co-worker's ass and the two hours you spent re-formatting a document for your flighty boss? where is the credit? where is the fairness? these are time-eaters and accomplishments too; shouldn't you get to cross these things off your list? yes, you should, and now you can with the "stuff i did" checklist. think of it as express journaling, a down and dirty summary of your day, a document that dishes up a little justice to the tasks you didn't expect.
i've put these files on flickr as free printables (for personal use only, please)! click here for to do and here for stuff i did. once you're signed into flickr, select "all sizes", then "download large size", then print away to your art's content on 8.5"x11" paper - i used astrobrights for a kick of color. each sheet yields three lists - just trim them apart with a paper cutter. happy list making, and don't forget to check the boxes when you're finished with your day. get the recognition you deserve!
Posted by aimee