To Do & Have Done
You know those people that like to add things to their lists - just so they can cross them off? I'm secretly one of them sometimes. My bullet journal To Do list has been a constant weekly commitment and, I have to say, the only one to date where tasks do actually, and eventually, get done! Until recently, my To Do was simply just that - a To Do. Then one day at the end of the week, I was reflecting on my long list of crossed off tasks and felt a real and pure sense of accomplishment...something I hadn't felt in a very long time... I added the words "have done" alongside the To Do. It felt great!
Our lives are busy, and some days it feels as if there isn't much to show for it all. I remember when my children were younger and I'd fall into bed at the end of the day feeling like I hadn't achieved anything. My days were filled with stuff that could hardly be added to a To Do and crossed off, but the sense of exhaustion by bed time must have meant I'd done something - Right? I've learnt that a task is a task. Some tasks are quicker to execute than others, but they all take time. I've learned that interruptions mean a small task like getting the washing from the bathroom to the laundry can take all day, especially if your hallway is long and you have several children, pets, or the phone goes! My point is that when we assign a value to a task it may not rate, and therefore doesn't count.
I head my To Do list up in my Bullet Journal as "To Do & Have Done" What starts out as a To Do finishes as a Have Done. If I'm waylaid by completing a task that hadn't made it to my To Do then I add it, cross it off so it is registered as a Have Done. This balances the list, reflects more of an accurate log of the days proceedings, and when looked over can produce more of a psychological sense of well-being. My criteria for adding on to cross off is; Would I have added it on (had I known) and/or has it taken a significant amount of time.
What are your thoughts on this? I'd love to hear.