My To-Do List Will Be the Death of Me

I have a confession to make. My to-do list (or rather, Ta-Da Lists) grows and grows with each passing day, yet I never even make a dent. It’s killing me!

Maybe I’m taking on more than I can handle, from blog stuff (including about 500 reviews I need to write) to personal things (make photo albums of Cassie’s first 2.5 years–that’s not overwhelming or anything). After all, I only have an hour or so of “free time” on weekdays, maybe a few more hours on weekends. And those hours always seem to get sucked up by “have to do’s or else” like, oh, I don’t know, clean clothes and food in the fridge. Oh yeah, and there’s the daily workout to lose 88 pounds and keep it off.
But I’m cursed with both ambition and a strong sense of responsibility. I want to have an organized, beautifully maintained and decorated home. I need to send thank-you notes for Cassie’s birthday gifts. I should make plans for fun time with friends and date nights with Jay. So I keep on adding to my list, trying to get to it when I can and always feeling impossibly behind.
I’m not asking for solutions here (though if you have any, I’d love to hear them). I guess I’m just venting and hoping I’m not the only one who feels like the Sisyphus of To-Do Lists.

7 thoughts on “My To-Do List Will Be the Death of Me

  1. You’re one step ahead of me, Sue–you’ve actually made a list. Sigh. That’s one more thing I haven’t even done yet!

  2. It’s like, if I don’t list it out, I won’t know all that I’m NOT getting done.

  3. First, I find all the stuff you get done to be completely amazing. Second, when I’m completely overwhelmed, I break out a little made-up holiday called “Do-Nothing Sunday.” I don’t do anything unless I feel like it. No laundry. No cleaning the bathroom. No bill paying. No guilt. Sounds like you’ve earned one.

  4. Amy in Ohio says:

    All I have to offer is empathy. You’re singing my song sista.

  5. To-do list are good and evil all at the same time. I go back and forth with them. Sometimes I find them helpful, other times overwhelming.

    If it makes you feel better, I never completed Jonah’s 1st year photo album. And never even started one for Zoe, who is 3 now.

  6. just4ofus says:

    I do not have Lily or Jude’s albums done at all and considering he is 6 yrs old.. i will get to it eventually.
    i think parenthood is full of learning to compromise in your life.
    your house may not be decorated as nice as you would like, and you might have a ring in your toilet from time to time.
    You have to choose what paths in life are important, not compare yourselves to other moms ..hard to do, and be ok with the fact that it is compromise. You can”t have everything, and you can’t be everthing.

  7. If it makes you feel better, I make the to do lists, then I lose them. The really important stuff always gets done, right?

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