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Small Bites, Knucklehead

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   7 Comments | Posted in Franklin Planner · list · to-do
Do you ever have so many things clogging your to-do list that the idea of hiding in bed under a mountain of blankets sounds like a good plan? 

I’m type-A, ergo I have a list, spreadsheet or calendar for everything.  Some of this listing and compartmentalizing is part of the formula that comprises my type-A personality; the rest is because I’m an old bagger who forgets everything if it isn’t written down.  To that end, I opened my Franklin Planner to Monday, June 7th and began adding to tomorrow’s to-do list. After finishing, I reviewed the list to ensure no oversight. Yeah, well, there was no oversight, and I’ll need a battalion of minions vying to do my bidding if I hope to even come close to accomplishing everything on my list, all of it in black and white right there in my beloved FP.
Alas, I have no minions.  Not a one.  Well, maybe one, if you count my dog Penny, but her enthusiasm for gaining my approval will never extend to an ability to drop summer camp forms at the doctor’s office.  She is likewise unable to assist with bill paying or contract review.  I ask you, what good is having a minion if the only commands she recognizes are “sit” and “hey, drop that sock”? I’m doomed to face the to-do list alone.

As I write this, I’m feeling the presence of good and evil sitting on my shoulder.  The angel is saying, “Small bites, dear.  Small bites and the next thing you know the whole cake is gone!”  The devil is saying, “You’re doomed, knucklehead.”  Fortunately, as food is one of my best things, I’m listening to the angel. Small bites.
The good news is that I do have a list, so I won’t forget anything. The next step is prioritizing, and as we all know, that can change with a single phone call from one of our children. I still sort of like the hide-in-bed option, but I don’t think that one will pan out. I’ll probably spend multiple parts of the day dreaming about it, though.
Hope you enjoy your week, and may your to-do list be blessedly short.
Go accomplish stuff!

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7 Responses to "Small Bites, Knucklehead"

  1. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    June 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm  

    Lisa, you are as stressed as I am. I can;t find your email, but send me a note with YOUR email at and I'll share my poem.

  2. Comment by Lynn
    June 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm  

    Lisa, that's funny and could totally relate. I'm always dreaming about being under the covers :-), but Keep Calm and Carry On is my new motto… one little bite at a time.

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm  

    Hi Linda – Thanks. I'll email you!Hi Lynn – Calm and Carry On sounds pretty good, but tough to maintain. Maybe if I lay off the high test coffee…but, it is my only vice and I don't think I can do without it!

  4. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    June 8, 2010 at 10:04 am  

    Hi Lisa … best of luck as you strive to get everything done today! Sometimes writing the list really helps me, because I like to check things off of it, but other times it overwhelms me. Blessings!

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 8, 2010 at 11:50 am  

    Hi Kathy – I guess I fell on the overwhelmed side of the fence when I wrote my list! If I don't write things down, though, they evaporate. LOL

  6. Comment by BECKY
    June 8, 2010 at 11:21 pm  

    Gosh, Lisa…you sound like me! I hope you accomplished enough to destress a little, but not so much to wear yourself out! 😀

  7. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 8, 2010 at 11:40 pm  

    I'm feeling a bit scattered, I'm afraid. Ah, well. Turns out the world didn't fall apart when I re-prioritized and set things off for a day or so. It does all continue to add up, though. A mother's work, and all that…

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