I have trouble sitting down to relax because my endless to-do list is always tugging on my sleeve. I think this is partially due to my genes. I also believe that the Fatigue Factor contributes greatly to my obsession with getting stuff done. See, I have a hard time accepting fatigue as part of my Rheumatoid Arthritis [this will likely be dissected in an upcoming post]. Accept it or not, I experience fatigue on a fairly regular basis. Instead of coping like someone who has had arthritis for 11 years, I am often stubborn and pretend like the word “fatigue” does not exist. This is not a good idea. 🙂
One of the keys to getting things done is locating that delicate balance between figuring out what must get done today and what can be done tomorrow. It’s best for an arthritis warrior to asses their to-do list on a regular basis so that it remains manageable.
A simple little web app called Now Do This makes creating and executing a to-do list a whole lot easier. Here’s what I like about it:
- You can’t look ahead at other tasks, thus preventing an opportunity to be overwhelmed by your list.
- This tool is not meant to hold your entire to-do list for the year. But it is a lovely place to house a few important tasks that must get done in a relatively short amount of time.
- Multi-tasking is not an option. Focus on one task at a time, then move to the next item. Besides, multi-tasking never works as well as I’d like it to.
When you complete the list, the words “all done” appear.
Guaranteed to make you feel accomplished whether you walked a 5K or remembered to buy kitty litter.
How do you manage your to-do list? Share your stories and tips in the comments!