We didn’t get our normal posts done for over a week and I was pondering why that happened because we have been busy. We’ve been focusing on the house lists and getting things done versus fun and excitement. Are you feeling pressure to get your lists done? Sorry if this post feels like stuff we’ve already talked about. Lisa blogged about her lists earlier, but as I thought about what was really new in the last week or so, I have to admit it’s how we took Lisa’s talent for lists to a new level, and it’s working.
Lisa is really good at helping me get focused. I’m like a kid in a candy shop and will get distracted by the next shiny object that comes along. By the time the weekend arrives with cool morning temperatures and warm afternoons, my mind is wandering around the joys of autumn: thoughts of hunting pheasants with the guys, watching football, walking around any of the Twin Cities’ parkways and watching the fall colors, etc. My mind is not on the stuff we need to do before the real cold weather sets in.
So Lisa helped me get focused last weekend on what needed to get done so we could plan some fun later. While she cleaned up and put away the container garden on the patio, I caulked the cracks in the garage floor and asked my buddy Gary to help me hang our bikes from the garage ceiling. Not only did we get things done, but we also spent time outside.
As we put stuff away and organized our bike gear, we realized that one of the things that made our biking adventures somewhat of a chore was the amount of time it took for us to get ready to go somewhere. And that scenario pretty much described what it was like around here each morning as we bumbled our way out the door to go to work each day.
Suddenly we were both looking at each other and smiling because we were thinking the same thing. We were both wondering, “why don’t we create a list for what we need before we go out the door and make a separate list depending on what we were doing?” Over the weekend, Lisa started writing down the stuff we needed just to go biking and then just to go to work. She printed them and put them inside the cupboard so we can scan it before we go out the door. So far, I haven’t forgotten a single thing.
We’ll keep this up and see how it works. And depending on the results we may take it further. For example, what do we need before leaving for church? Or going to the grocery store? It seems like we always get to church and I realize I forgot the offering envelope, or our Bible, or my reading glasses. Or we get to the store and we forget the re-usable bags and coupons.
So here’s our Monday through Friday checklist: Lights off, Feed cat, Empty litter box, Pills, Money, Badge, Keys, Wallet, Rings, Glasses, Phone/Cord/Plug, Umbrella? Briefcase? Computer? Lunch? Coffee? Snack?
Here’s our Biking checklist: Bike rack, Bike shorts, Pump tires, Locks/Key, Water, House key, Money, Helmets, Spare tire wrench, Bungee cords, Bike tub, Lights, Bike pack, Bike gloves, Wet wipes, Kleenex, Bike repair kit, Tire Pump? Sweatshirt? Garage door opener? Phone? Snacks? Back packs? Sunscreen, Bug spray
The stuff with “?” marks are optional.
Do you forget stuff and realize it too late? What do you think of our idea? Do you do something similar or maybe you think we’re nuts? We’d love to hear your thoughts!