Several months ago, I wrote about my backwards to-do list. Like double chocolate cupcakes and strawberry daiquiris, backwards to-do lists aren't an everyday sort of thing. Here are 10 ways I know from a mere glance at my master list that it's a backwards to-do list kind of day:
- The list of things I need to accomplish is long. Very long.
- I start procrastinating before I even get out of bed.
- The master list has a little bit of everything on it, and is spread out across two or more little snippets of paper in addition to the actual list itself.
- The things on the lists require different kinds of thought: creative thought, logical thought, no thought at all (this usually means laundry and restoring some semblance of order to the house).
- Did I mention that the list is long? Interminably so.
- I start thinking things like, "I'll never get all this done. I should just go play Words With Friends."
- I have enough control over the day's schedule (ostensibly) that I should be able to make significant progress if I stay focused.
- Someone in the neighborhood has decided to cut down a tree, mow the lawn for hours or play basketball right outside my office window, ensuring that every ounce of distractibility I possess will kick in with full force.
- I need a reward for powering through the master list, and a backwards to-do list has fewer calories than a double chocolate cupcake and less alcohol than a strawberry daiquiri.
- Reading the backwards to-do list at the end of the day will motivate me to get up and do it all over again the next day.