To-Do lists are a difficult matter. They can be very helpful and at the same time, lead to great frustration. I have given up on using my to-do lists for actually getting tasks done one at a time and then ticking them off the list in an orderly manner. Instead, I write them out, preferably in bright colors, so that I can have a general idea of the tasks I should be accomplishing in a given day. If I try to stick to a fixed pattern of going down the list and getting things done one by one, then I begin to feel sequestered and frustrated. I’m not sure why that is or if others feel this way but it is definitely a quirk of mine.
Between job interviews, returning phone calls (blegh), and doing laundry, the practice keeps me focused as well as preventing me from forgetting about things that need to be done.
So, instead of stressing myself out over them. I’m allowing them to calm me. Something I am in dire need of.