Rediscovering the benefits of a To Do List
More than a week had passed since I returned to Melaka. In the past 10 days, I had tried to create and fall into a routine; a routine of work and play. I set out to do what most “overly enthusiastic” people would do — I created a timetable for 6 days a week, and I meticulously planned what I should do at what time of the day. Not only that, I even tried to make sure that I wouldn’t be doing the same thing every morning at 9am! (Scientists would call this randomized design, LOL.)
But after 2 days of being home, I fell sick. No, really. I thought I had a very high fever but the temperature stick that my sister made me put under my armpit said 37.5°C. So I took the opportunity to sleep as much as I could, what more could I do when my bones and back were aching so badly?
When I recovered, I thought that life was too short for me to be dealing with timetables (timetables are so old school!). I shouldn’t rely on an app in my iPod Touch to tell me what I should be doing, and when I should be doing it. I realized I had deadlines to meet, and time was running short. So I did the next best thing. I listed my “To Do” on an A4 paper, and on the second column, I wrote the deadline for each item. My list consisted of 15 items. O.o
My life seems so much in order now. Really. I could see how I would be spending my next 1.5 months, and if I diligently stuck to my deadlines, I would have 80% of my pending work marked as “COMPLETED.” Having a “To Do” list not only allows me to meet my deadlines, it also allows me to complete each task at my own pace. And because I am no longer tied by the rigidness of an old school timetable, I could still find time for yoga practice and a good book.
Now, that gives me a really good feeling :D