This week once again proves how useful checklists are in my life.
In a perfect world, all my time would be writing time. Or at least two-thirds of it. Alas, I do not live in a perfect world, so I have to make sure I’m making the most of my time and getting as much writing in as I can. Checklists are a valuable to keep me organized and on top of things when life gets especially busy.
Why are checklists so great?
- They allow you to collect your thoughts.
- Once your thoughts are all conveniently in one place, you can prioritize them.
- You have something to fall back on when you find an extra thirty minutes that you don’t know what to do with.
- It’s extra motivation, because once you get two or three things done, there’s something oddly satisfying about crossing things off the list, kind of like playing a video game. You want to complete the next task and reach the next level.
- Once the checklist is complete, all other activities are more enjoyable, because you feel free to more fully immerse yourself in them.
Word of warning, however: Don’t get so caught up in getting things done that you miss the big picture of what’s happening within each task or the world around you. I made myself a checklist the week because I knew for the Easter weekend, I wanted to be more of a Mary, not a Martha. (For more on that reference, check out Luke 10:38-42).