I own a little notebook. I carry it around with me. It nestles in my purse and sits on my desk, haunting me. I write lists in this notebook. A new list every morning.
A to-do list.
I believe in the power of the to-do list. I am a naturally chaotic, disorganised person (just ask anyone who’s witnessed my 6:30am dash around the house to find my socks, boots, glasses, cellphone, wallet, swipe card, MP3 player and lunch) and without lists, I forget things. Important things. Usually one or more of the items on the list above.
I am the Gene Simmons of list writers. I relish the sensation of scrawling a big black line through each item. My list for today: 24 items. my list for planning our Europe trip? Oooooh, somewhere over 200. I’m working on our list for moving to Germany, which is about 30 items at the moment.
Some people say to only write a few, important tasks on your lists. I disagree. I like to write lots of tasks – between 15-30, including items like “have lunch” and “feed the cat”, because I love being able to cross them off. More things to do? More things to cross off. I know, I am sick. But, when I manage to complete a 20 item to-do list in a day, I feel pretty damn good.
I also like the lists to be somewhat humorous, at least to me, so I have an excuse for keeping my notebook and reading back over it and giggling.
Here are two of my lists from the past week:
- finish editing Thorn up till the scene where the stuff happens. You know what I mean.
- make french toast
- eat french toast
- finish copywriting and bill client
- finish painting while watching Black Books
- empty kitty litter tray while making an accurate size comparison between cat’s head and cats … poo.
- never write the word poo in a to-do list again
- find missing Korplikaani CD
- reply to dude about the thing
- marinade meat
- make crumble
- shopping list
- renew library books
- Thai lunch with friend from work
- maybe some more sex
In the interest of spreading the list-making love, I’ve compiled a short tutorial on making Metal-worthy to-do lists.
Steff’s rules for creating a Grymm and Epic To-Do list
1. It should be EPIC
It should be long and impossible, because life is long and impossible, and we do it anyway. Everything you don’t do either wasn’t important or can be moved to the next day.
2. It doesn’t have to be serious
Who said organising had to be all “take the garbage out” and “Mow the lawns.” Yes, you have to put down these chores, but spread them out between things you DO want to do, or give them more metal names. It’s never mowing the lawns at the Steff Metal house, more like “Slaying the Mightly Army of Apocalyptic Demon Grass”.
3. It should be Grymm
Any metalhead’s to-do list should include at least one of the four “m”‘s – meat, maidens, mead and metal. If you can include all four items, so much the better.
4. It should be constantly updated
To-do lists are not static, but fluid. They constantly exist in a stage of not-being-finished. The sooner you accept that you will NEVER, ever finish your to-do list, the happier you will be to
5. It should contain achieveable goals
The purpose of a to-do list is to cross things off. So you need to write items you can define as “complete” so you can cross them off. It doesn’t matter how outrageous they are, from “Open for Metallica” to “finish an entire pizza”, it should be a one-time event that you can finish and cross off, even if it takes you three years to finally achieve it.
Readers, how do you organise your hectic lives? Would you like to share today’s to-do lists with me?
Yours with meat, maidens, mead and metal!