Whenever I finish my day and I used a to do list that day and take a look at it I get depressed.
Simply because I never achieve more than half of the things on these lists. Sometimes even less. Well, most of the time.
I don't know. Maybe it's just me. Maybe I'm stupid. Or I just don't know myself good enough to make a sound judgment of what I might be able to do.
Maybe I like to think of myself as an overachiever. Which I'm clearly not. And I prove it to myself every single day. Over and over again.
But at least I know this. At least I know that I totally overestimate myself and the things I'm able to get done. Every single time I write a to do list. Or do anything else as a matter of fact.
So I stopped calling these things to do lists. And instead I call these lists remember for later lists.
I have so many things going on in my head. And I somehow need to keep track of these things. Some of these things I want to (or have to) finish today. Or maybe tomorrow. Or maybe next week or next month.
The truth is that we know (or should know) exactly when we have to finish the really important things. We don't really need a to do list for these things.
And if we do need a list for all of these really important things, if we can't remember them without a list, well then these things are probably not that important after all.
So while writing this and taking a look at my remember for later list I feel good. I don't feel depressed. Because I did a few things on it.
If you take a look at the picture, I did three of them today. Sort of. And on top of that I did the things I know that I absolutely have to do or finish today.
And I replaced some of the things on the remember for later list with other things.
Things I thought were a lot more fun. Things I felt like doing today that were not on today's list. Things that were on other lists. Or things like going for a run.
So whenever you pick up that pen again and start writing your to do list (or your remember for later list) for that day, try to remember that one thing:
Please don't kill yourself...
Today's list and the 3 things I did. Can you spot them?