Friday, January 26, 2007

To Do List

To Do, or not To Do, that is the question ...

I am not a list person by nature. I am a categories person. I tend to think of the things I need to do, but do not prioritize the details.

With my newly-found focus, however, I have become more "listy." I am routinely inspired by a higher-up at my organization who is a champion of good work practices. I routinely marvel at how much it appears they get accomplished so I figure if you can teach an old dog new tricks, well, you know what I mean.

I think the reason I've never been listy is that I also am compulsive to a fault, so when I make a list of the things I need to accomplish, it gets really long and really grand, and I feel like I have to do everything that day. And so that spikes my anxiety level and makes me feel like I'm in this race against time and, quite frankly, that is what makes a Type A drop dead from a coronary. Is that what I want? Of course not.

And so I have made a personal vow to S-L-O-W D-O-W-N, focus on 2-3 things I can accomplish daily, and ranking my priorities. It's exciting and I hope this new direction will help me achieve greater results both professionally and personally.

It's a little cold here this weekend but I'm excited nonetheless. I'm going out to the barn to ride a mare for someone I met last summer who isn't in a position to keep her going consistently, and has offered me the ride. It will be exciting and definitely therapeutic. Time in the Tack is an elixir for me. (Provided I don't get bucked off!)

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