Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Three Little Bigs

The other day my friend Linsay linked me to an article by Camille Roskelley, 3 Things = Happy Me. Basically the idea behind the article is to ditch giant to do lists that will never get finished and simplify with a 3 item list. Every night before bed you chose 3 things that you want to accomplish the next day. Unfortunately she already put the kibosh on putting 'feed kids' on the list but she never said I couldn't put "change out of and preferably wash skeezy jammies" or "seriously find out where that smell is coming from" on there. You aim to complete the three things, and you'll feel much more satisfied than if you had made a list with 50 items on it and complete 'only' three. I'm guilty of this, and even typed and printed my never-ending to do list, but she may have a point seeing as how I haven't even seen that list in a few weeks, much less accomplished anything on there.

I also seem to have a problem with selective overachieving, so hopefully I'll be able to do four things and be proud that I did something even though I didn't "have to". Actually I kinda do "have to" do a bunch of laundry tomorrow since the family is picky and demanding clean underwear and socks. I on the other hand don't need socks since it's summer, and it too hot to run the dryer... and the, er, washing machine because of the hot water. Just to be safe I'd better not run the vacuum either- it tends to get warm....

This is quite a rambling post, but I guess that's what I get for blogging at 1am after a warm shower. If you made it through the sleep-drunk post then I thank you, and if you're just skipping to the end because you're dying to know what kind of jammie pants I'm wearing then I'll just give you the cliff's notes:

1. Pick three things you want to accomplish today
2. Do those three things (I'm hoping mine don't involve the heat inducing chores listed above)
3. Invent cool summer pajama pants since I'm stuck in a skanky nightgown until we have a night that isn't a billion degrees.

That last one doesn't have to be done today of course, but you can make your own rules with it. What a great way to accomplish something without really doing a whole lot- Isn't that what Mrs. Wright is all about anyway??

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