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To-do lists. They make life so much more easier - whether it is at home, or at work. So, are you a list maker too?
To-do lists. They make life so much more easier – whether it is at home, or at work. So, are you a list maker too?
There is something magical about seeing something written in print. There is always a good feeling about writing —be it your new moleskin, a new pen or if you are a blessed soul, a wonderful handwriting. That’s perhaps the reason people value hand-written notes and letters more than they value emails.
Now that anything hand-written has almost become a thing of the past, people have started appreciating its beauty. Also, if you’ve happened to read any productivity hacks or quick tips on being organised, they all state the one thing our school teachers always insisted on: “Write it down.”
Writing something down has been the age old way and perhaps the best way of learning something. Our brains retain information better when we write it down rather than just holding it in our minds. And that is why when there are tasks to do, people ask you to write it down so that you don’t forget anything or have to worry about remembering everything every now and then.
A few years back my mom left me in charge of our home and went abroad. That was probably the first and only time in my life that I wished we were in an apartment and not in an independent house.
There are a lot of responsibilities when it comes to an independent house and I had no idea how I was going to manage them for the few months my mom was going to be away. I knew that I would have to stay organised and work with a plan, because I knew for the fact that taking care of our home was not as easy as how mom made it seem. I also knew that the more I spent planning and coming up with a plan, the less I would have to worry later. And that was true!
To avoid the trouble of having to remember every little thing about the house, I wrote everything down. I made lists using sticky notes and stuck them all over the place – On my fridge and my doors and anywhere I could find space to stick them. This way, whenever I stepped out of the kitchen I would just have to make an entry in one of the stickies or check if everything on the list was taken care of. I tried concentrating on one thing at a time and that was really helpful for me.
For instance, I had the following lists on my stickies-
This made my life so much easier. I did not have to burden my mind to try and remember every little thing.
Surprised by how well things worked, I decided to extend it to other spheres of my life. I tried recollecting the many instances where I’ve had to wrack my brains trying to remember something that I had made a conscious note of. With that idea, I started making lists for everything. As women, especially, when we often end up multitasking so much, making lists is the way to go – be organized, get everything done, and keep your cool!
I started with simple To-do Lists. And then I went on to add a To-do Today, To-do Weekend and a To-do Later list. And then the lists went on and on so much that I had to make a master list. If you promise not to judge me, I’ll give you a sneak-peak into my Master To-do List.
I hope you get the drift!
I don’t sit and make a list of everything. I just keep adding items to the list as and when something crosses my mind. This might be an old school way of getting things done, but as long as I get work done, I’m happy. There is some unparalleled contentment about checking off all your action items in your list. That feeling is just priceless. You have to experience it to appreciate it.
So do you have the habit of maintaining a To-do List? What does that look like?
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
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In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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