This month’s From Left to Write book club selection is Take the Cake, which talks about achieving a work-personal life balance that works for you. As a stay-at-home mom, I’m not exactly the author’s target audience, but I still can struggle with balancing all my responsibilities.
One of the chapters in the book that really resonated with me was all about to-do lists.
I LOVE lists.
I have lists of all kinds of things all over the place. Of course, there is the grocery list on the fridge. I really can’t imagine how anyone could shop without a list. I am so scatterbrained about that kind of thing that I would probably come home with lunch meat, pickles, and a frosting.
I make a list of things I would like to accomplish almost every day. And I will admit to adding things to the list after they are already done, just for the pleasure of crossing them off. I will also admit that my daily lists often do not get fully completed (another reason to add things that weren’t originally on the list). Those lists usually end up being weekly lists instead of daily ones.
M.F. Chapman argues that weekly lists are actually better, anyway (score!) since you can see the bigger picture of your tasks and goals. She suggests that you have a weekly to-do list with different areas of your life. For example, my categories might be Home, Kids, Volunteering, and Me-time. She also suggests that everyone make 5-year goals.
In five years, Audrey will be 13 (!!!!!!), Georgia will be 11, Sydney will be 8, and my baby Joel will be 5 and a half. I don’t know if I can think about that. In five years, all four of them will be in school all day. It will be a whole new world for me, that’s for sure.
I will be going back to work around that time. What kind of work it will be still remains to be seen. My degree is in elementary education, but I have a few other thoughts about possible career paths. The future remains to be seen.
At this point, my longest firm goal is to get Joel to sleep through the night by the time he’s one!
Do you make long-term goals? What are they?
I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could participate in this month’s book club. I was not compensated in any other way for this post.