Are To-Do Lists Managing You?
It often used to be required that I have a to-list to remember and prioritize all I had to do in a day. Now that I’m no longer working, I find to-do lists to be useful much less frequently.
What’s On Your To-Do List?
This week was busy. I had my annual physical. The dentist filled a cavity. There is the appointment with an oral surgeon to see about having a tooth extracted. Do some work on the Millard Fontenot Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Men’s Knitting Retreats. Prepare some things for the upcoming Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat at Easton Mountain. Plan a visit to Costco. Knit. Blog. Clean house.
Most of these items were managed with my calendar. Smart phone calendars are awesome these days. Mine remembers and suggests similar previous appointments. The calendar function interfaces directly with my contacts to help fill in the location of the appointment. It can remind me at critical times before the appointment. Synchronization is automatic with all my electronic devices’ calendars. When I have to get to an appointment, the location from my contacts will automatically send me to directions to get there.
I still needed a to-do list for this week. It sets the structure by setting specific things that needed to be accomplished so that I could fill in empty spots with for enjoyable tasks. Bicycling, daily lessons in Spanish on Duolingo, exercise, Breema, etc.
When I was working, it seemed like to-do lists dictated my day. The lists were so jam-packed there was little or no room for deviation. I had to stick with the plan.
Today, the lists seem to suggest a framework within which I can enjoy the rest of my life.
And having finished typing that sentence, I can check off the blog writing task for today.
Work continues on the Tilt Cardigan final sleeve.
As much as I am looking forward to wearing this cardigan when it’s finished, I will never do stranded knitting in-the-flat again. It really is quite a pain. And it reminds me what a smart decision it was to convert the body to in-the-round.
I also decided to start a hand-knit pair of socks.
This yarn wouldn’t go through my sock knitting machine, so I decided to remind myself of all that goes into hand-knitting a sock. I will also probably use this as my project for learning/practicing Portuguese knitting.
Finally, I cranked out almost a full pair of socks on the Gearhart.
You only see on sock because I screwed up the heel on the second one so badly that I couldn’t fix it, so I pulled it out and will start again.