Making a List a List a List and Checking It Twice


Tick tock


My impulse to make lists has suddenly returned with a vengeance. Maybe it has to do with being a day away from December and realizing that the end of the year is fast approaching. New Year’s is always a deadline for me. Is always about this time of year that I start asking myself what I want to be carrying into the new year, and, frankly, I have quite a few things that have been hanging over my head much too long. 

And then, of course, the holidays happen and I completely lose focus.

So I made a to do list for the coming month. Then I made a to do list for the coming weekend. Then I realized there were things that I’d need to accomplish on a weekday and created a to do list for tomorrow… So I made five lists in one day. This after not making any lists at all for weeks and weeks. I wish I could get back into some kind of habit about this kind of thing again. Maybe that will be a goal for 2018: become more rigorous about goal setting and progress tracking. 

On the other hand, I’ve been pretty productive, considering that I didn’t really plan most of the things that I accomplished. I was making up a list of highlights from the year in order to put together a Christmas letter and realized that I had a lot to brag about. I’ve been kinda struggling with the tone of the letter, as a result: I’m either crowing about my accomplishments like I’m preparing a presidential tweet, or lamenting my moments of cynicism and existential dread about an unknown and unknowable future. So it’s likely to be an exciting letter when it’s finally finished: lots of ups and downs. 

At any rate, December may be busy and may go by at the speed of light, but at least I feel like I’m going into it armed with a plan. 

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on November 30, 2017.

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