I have to admit, one of my favorite things in life are lists. I like to make a list of chores to do, errands to run, groceries to buy, people to call/email, projects to complete, wish lists, etc... I do write down many of my lists, but many of them exist only in my head (mostly because I think people will think I'm neurotic if they find my lists everywhere). Something about making a list is so comforting. I can tick things off, note my accomplishments, and see how my time was spent. When I was a teacher (I guess I really still am...I'm just on leave for a year) I made lists on a daily basis. I would jot them on the white board or on one of my MANY notepads (another obsession). But...I am trying, while I'm at home this year, to give up some of my lists.
I am trying to reduce my stress and live by what I feel like doing, not what is on the list. This is a HUGE challenge for me because as much as I hate it, part of me enjoys stress. Hmmm...not sure if "enjoys" is the right word, but I have a tendency to create stress in my life by taking on too much or as my husband has put it many many times, "taking everything too seriously." Once again, I have to praise my husband for supporting our family while I stay home this year. It is such a gift to be able to have this time with my children, and it is one job I know how to do without a list!