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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Reverse Psychology

Every person I speak with seems to always explain in detail the ever growing list of

"Things To Do"

that they have. Whether it's stuff that needs to be done... job, laundry, food shopping, cooking, painting the house, cleaning the gutters, Holiday preparations, etc... or stuff they want to do... cross stitch, read a book, take a quilting class, go for a long walk on a sunny day... the list just keeps growing and growing!

Here's what I was doing... I would wake up every morning and look at my list of Things To Do, then plan my day accordingly. Then something would happen that changed those plans, and my list would be forgotten.

At the end of each day, I would look at my list. Cross off maybe 2 or 3 things... and sigh. Geeeeeez, I'm never going to get caught up! I then started to rewrite the list of things I "Did Not Do", and proceed to add some more "Things To Do". Yah... I did those 3 things... and then added 6 more.

Well, this got to feeling like a burden of heavy weight that was just zapping all energy and enthusiasm right out of my being. So, yesterday I tried something completely different!

I started a list of

"Things I Accomplished Today"

Yep... I took a deep breath and off I went to find something to do! After I completed each task, I wrote that task down on my "Things I Accomplished Today" list! When the end of the day came, I sat down and read that list and a big sense of relief and happiness overwhelmed me! Yah...

"I Did ALL Of That Stuff Today"

So, I put on my pajamas and had a most restful night sleep! This morning, I awoke energized and ready for a new day of accomplishments!

Try it, you just might like it!


  1. I agree Sharon. It is much more gratifying to look at a list of things accomplished than things not done! Thanks for the idea! Lori

  2. Love it Sharon. Our list of things we "DO" are sometimes longer than the to do list! We just don't get to the ones on the list...
    Will do this on days when I feel completely overwhelmed. Hmm, might have to start it tomorrow lol.

  3. What a great idea and one that I am going to use starting tonight. Thanks!

  4. You are so SMART! I'm gonna try this too!!! :)

  5. Way to go, Sharon! Much more positive that way...more of a sense of accomplishment, for sure! YAY! You rock!

  6. I like that way of thinking! My husband has a knack of doing that very thing. When you asked what he's done in a day, he has a list a mile long.....I sorted clothes, I washed clothes, I dried clothes, I folded clothes, I put away clothes.....most women would just say, " I did laundry" :)

  7. I like that idea! My husband has a knack for doing just that. If I ask him what he did today he'll say something like, I sorted clothes, I washed clothes, I dried clothes, I folded clothes, I put away clothes. Women would just say "I did Laundry" :)


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