Personal Parables

The Done-Did List

After a series of “here-there-everywhere-days,” I decided not to expect much from myself once Monday came. Yet, by the end of the day, I realized I accomplished more than I do on most days when I have a to-do list.

  • Our two Labrador Retrievers received grooming, baths, and pedicures. I also sanitized their bedding.
  • My youngest joined me in washing the bathroom lampshades.
  • We vacuumed under and behind the furniture in my room.
  • I changed the sheets on the bed.
  • I cleaned the windows and ventilated the room.
  • Everyone worked hard on their school work because I was too focused (or distracted?) to keep them focused (or distracted?). Anyway, everyone worked hard.

Then we had lunch.

  • My middle one, my youngest, and I went for a walk to the coffee shop to finish English class and to collect subject matter for nature drawing.
  • I made meatloaf and mashed potatoes for dinner while the middle one and the youngest listened to a book-on-tape.
  • My oldest cleaned the bathroom.
  • I scrubbed down the kitchen while dinner cooked.
  • I enjoyed reading a book at the hair salon.
  • My husband and I watched our Monday shows together after the kids went to bed.

I have concluded my high expectations for myself and others often yield fewer results and little satisfaction. Added to my morning to-do list–at least for Mondays–is “nothing.” At the end of the day, it is much more satisfying to write a done-did list.

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