But a while back I noticed I was struggling to make my list. I was sitting on the couch with the planner on my lap and doing nothing. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t make a list.
I discovered I was dealing with peri-menopause symptoms of extreme fatigue and brain fog (among other things). It got so bad that I talked to my doctor about it and ended up taking a low dose anti-depressant. It made a HUGE difference.
My list making was much improved but still not great. Making a list took way more effort than it needed to. My husband, the brilliant man that he is, suggested I make my list at some other time of day. He said that by the time I sat down, at 8:30 or 9:00, I was too tired to be thinking about something as important as what I was going to do the next day. He suggested a better time to make the list might be right after dinner.
I had never in all my days of planning made a to-do list right after dinner. Morning or evening were the right times to plan your day. After dinner? Could it work? I decided to give it a try.
Guess what? It works. In fact, it works great. Not only do I still have brain function left, but then I can spend my couch time doing things like quilting or reading instead of trying to make that list. I also found that the list I made after dinner was more realistic and thoughtful.
So if you’re struggling to make a to-do list or you find that your to-do lists aren’t very good, maybe it’s time to try a different time of day. There’s no rule that says you have to make your list first thing in the morning or last thing at night. It’s your list – you can make it when you want.
When do you make your to-do list? How is that time working for you?
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