Where would I put a giant dry-erase board?

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?



  1. Zannah

    Wombat – I’m doing much better, thank you very much. I’m down to regular old ibuprofen and not all the time anymore. The swelling is gone (No more lopsided chipmunk cheek!), and I can mostly eat regular food. This weekend I will conquer the world. Or the backyard.

    Tokenblogger – start small. You’re going to get dressed today? Write it down and then check it off. Accomplishment!

  2. I’m pretty sure that I would have a list for watching the clouds. And then I would get caught up in looking at grasshoppers and lose track of time and not get to watching the clouds, but I would sincerely intend to watch them the next day. But the next day I would have to roll in the grass instead and then by the time I was able to watch clouds it would be dark so I couldn’t. And then before I knew it a whole week would have passed with my kicking myself for not getting the cloud watching done yet and then I would turn into a melty pile of stress. …But I am a totally well-adjusted person, really. 😉

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