What’s on your to-do list?

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.

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5 comments to What’s on your to-do list?

  • M.F. Chapman

    Well, I definitely make long-term goals. Although reading your post, I realized that my long-term goals don't focus really on how old my kids will be. I don't think I can think about that. In 5 years I will have a 10 year old and 8 year old (eeek!) Somehow, I think I fool myself into thinking they will be the same age in 5 years. Regardless, in 5 years, I will have my PhD, hopefully be a faculty member somewhere, still be homeschooling my kids, traveling wonderful places and still in love…check back in 5 and see how I did.

  • Amy H

    I have long-term goals in my head, but this book inspired me to write them down (well, I swear I will someday soon). I think I'll start with this week though… Best of luck to you!

  • Doll Clothes Gal Pal

    Good Luck to you dear! :)

  • Courtney

    I never write down my longterm goals and totally should. I think its a great exercise to do with my bub.

    Hope all is well. Also, are you going to that glam thing in April? I know it seems so far away, but I am going and thought of you. Hope you are too!

  • Doll Clothes Gal Pal

    Good Luck to you dear! :)

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