Is it possible to go through a day without a to-do list? (I started with “get through life”, but that’s too big.) Seriously, though, one day. There will always be something, right? Typical (and very very basic) work day to-do: shower, go to work, do work, come home, make dinner. At a minimum. There are always things like go to the bank (didn’t do that today), plant the new trees that arrived today, pick up the contact lenses when they come in, buy new running shoes, call a deck guy, clean the house, exercise, feed the dogs, make your bed, clean up after breakfast (and many many more, of course, with hundreds of variations for those with kids). What would a day without a to-do list look like? Maybe if you slept outside (no need to get out of bed or let the dogs out) and were fasting (for spiritual growth, let’s say, so no need to prepare meals or clean up after them). Your to-do list could be as simple as 1. Wake up. 2. Go to sleep. Would you have to add 3. Watch the clouds float by? Nah, that’s optional. Doesn’t need to be on the list.
On the other hand, who really needs a list to get through the usual parts of the day (like shower, go to work, do work, come home, make dinner)? So maybe I’m not even talking about a to-do list. I mean, I don’t make a list to get ready for bed every night. (1. Pull hair back. 2. Wash hands. 3. Take out contacts. 4. Floss. 5. Brush teeth. 6. Swish with disgusting medicinal mouthwash for recent tooth thing. 7. Wash face. 8. Wash with other face stuff. 9. Dry face.) I just do it. In that order. Every time. I don’t need a list to remind myself to eat breakfast or turn off the burner after the water boils for tea.
Where am I going with this? Is this about goals? About direction? About being a teensy bit obsessive?