My Little Experiment

As time has marched on and I’ve collected more tasks to fill the open slots in my day, I’ve learned how hard it is to get everything done. Which means I need to make a priority list.

I’m in the throes of doing just that right now–labeling a little excel spreadsheet with my work schedule and writing schedule, trying not to forget to put in the time I need to run, practice piano, cook, drive children, and work on Literary Mama editing. The squares are being assigned in a way that probably only makes sense to me and anything that isn’t important, like checking my Facebook account, doesn’t get on the schedule. I figure that tasks like that can be slipped in right before I go to bed and don’t need to be on the master schedule.

Perhaps I’ll eventually share what my schedule looks like, but at the moment, I want to see what works for me. We’re all different, we all have different jobs, so what I come up with won’t look like what you might come up with, but what I do find extremely interesting are the tasks we all consider priorities. For me, writing, running, teaching, and momming top the  list (not in that order), whereas Facebook, other forms of social media, and cleaning my house would round out the bottom of the list. But I know people who are attached to their social media sites such that email sits in their inbox for weeks and running to the grocery store only happens when the refrigerator is empty.

Judging, I am not. Just thinking aloud, and challenging you this fall to sit back and think hard about what tasks should be at the top of your list. Is there something you could do better? Is someone counting on you to tackle a task more efficiently? Is that person you? Consider it self-care if you put some of your tasks to the top of the list. If they help you stay happy and sane, you know it was the right thing to do.

My list is going to shake things up a bit and make me change the way I do things. I’m good with that notion and eagerly awaiting the results of this little experiment.

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Christina Consolino is a mother, dreamer, author, editor and teacher from Dayton, Ohio. She's a member of the Plot Sisters and teaches Anatomy & Physiology at Sinclair Community College. She writes literary women's fiction, personal essays and more.

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  1. I’ve just recently done something similar myself. But I can’t schedule all my time; whenever I’ve tried my impulsive nature rebels against my own plan. So this time I’ve set aside blocks of time in the morning for the things I want to be daily habits. Exercise. Writing. Study. Etc. Than my afternoon is for “errands.” Which really just means whatever I happen to want/feel up to accomplishing that day. Groceries. Cleaning. Meeting a friend for coffee. Etc. That allows space for me to be impulsive, while still feeling a sense of accomplishment each day. It has taken some time to find that just right balance, but was definitely worth the effort.

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