There’s an odd feeling of satisfaction that I get when I can cross out a task on my daily to-do-list. It means I am one step closer to successfully making it through a busy day-one step closer to a nap!

Writing out my to-do-list helps keep me organized and on task; I would be lost without it. Keeping a record of everything I need to get done allows me to better prioritize my time through even the most hectic weeks.

Some days, the list is LONG and BORING. It usually reminds me of a homework assignment that is due, a class I need to study for, errands I need to run or deadlines that are quickly approaching.  All of these tasks are important, but not nearly as imperative as the things that never make an appearance on my to-do-list.

My to-do-list has never said:

  1. Take my cousins to the park
  2. Visit Grandma
  3. Eat lunch with a friend
  4. Tell my family “I love you”

Why not?  When we think about our lives and how we spend our time, how should we really be setting our priorities?  Should we be more worried about greasing the squeaky door hinge than we are about making it to our brother’s football game?  Is it more urgent that we run to the grocery store than relax and watch a movie with our friends or family?  When life gets busy, we can’t forget about the things we really need to be doing.

It’s a good habit to complete your to-do-list, but never get so caught up in the everyday, sometimes insignificant tasks that you forget about what is actually important in your life—enjoying it and appreciating those around you.  It will not be the end of the world if you don’t cross off everything and some tasks get put on tomorrow’s list.

When you wake up tomorrow morning, don’t forget to:

  1. Appreciate another day
  2. Laugh
  3. Make someone’s day better

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”         —Stephen Covey

Living To Serve,

Trenton Smedley