When I was going through my husband’s things after his death, I rediscovered some books he had for years. I never read them, but I remember them being unpacked with most of our military moves as we set up housekeeping all over the US.
My husband was a Navigator by profession. He was a list maker by design. I used to tease him that he made lists of his lists, but I see the purpose and wisdom of list-making. Navigators can’t rely on faulty memory banks to accomplish a successful mission. Checking things off a list insures that start-up will be as flawless as possible. Lives depend on this.
Rather than just tackling a job, list making allows you to think through the task beforehand. In just a few minutes of pondering, one can trim off wasted time in abundance. I usually start by writing what I wish to accomplish-for ex.-organizing the laundry room/pantry area.
I think about the purpose of the room, what has to be in there, what can be eliminated, and the tools needed to accomplish the goal. I may go over this list and revise it several times before actually starting the task. I look over the area and visualize it. I first remove everything that I don’t want in the room.
Having 3 clear plastic stackable boxes labeled ‘Keep’,’ Toss’, & ‘Donate’ allows me to purge the excess with purpose taking up minimal space.
I think about how long the task will take. I then triple that time frame. It ALWAYS takes me longer than I think it will to do something!! *grin*
Last, but not least, I realize that even tiny steps help me reach my goal. If I just keep at it, a little at a time, like the Apostle Paul wrote, “I will finish my course.”
My personal checklist for living is making time early on each day for reading God’s Word and a quiet time of prayer and thought. I sometimes journal when I feel overwhelmed or want to record something God has revealed to me in my daily time with Him. Praises and thanks are also journaled.
Oh…and those books I mentioned. They are called, Checklist for Living and they are in my “Keep” box.