To do lists and procrastination

You may have noticed that I haven't been here much and for that I am very sorry. You see, if it's one thing I'm good at it, it's procrastinating. I've had good intentions to come over and write to you believe me. It's been on my to do list for some time. But, the truth is, I never know what to say and other things just get in the way.

Today, whilst doing my rounds of liking things on Facebook and gulping down a cup of tea before I got on with more important things like editing photos for a new set of cards I am about to release, I came across a blog post by Megan Tucker Illustration. All about my favourite past time... working from home and procrastinating. It was actually this post that prompted me to pull my finger out and get on with things today. Everything about her post rang true. Facebook is a time thief and having big lists are scary and you seem to pick the easy things to do first, leaving the hardest and most important until last.

So, after reading her post I was all ready and raring to go and actually accomplished more than I thought I would today (thanks Megan!) At the same time I realised that my old to do list that separated the most important things from the not so important things (can be seen here), wasn't really helping me in the long run. You see, I have a day job and a pretty labour intensive and tiring one at that. So, when I get home from work the last thing I want to do is a bit fat list of big important tasks. So I do all the easy ones and then have a mini melt down when I only have big scary ones left.

This is where Megan's 'chunk it down' approach came in. I have created two new to do lists which have now been listed over on my Little Hawk store front.

Firstly, I have created a Daily to do list which you can chop in half so that you have two and doesn't waste as much paper. You will see that there isn't as many points on this list compared to my 'important things' one. This is deliberate in trying to make sure that the things I want to achieve that day are manageable and within reach.

And secondly, I created a weekly planner so that you can spread the bigger tasks over one week just to make things a little easier. I find this approach works really well for me when I have a week off of the day job and have lots of accomplish. It helps you realise what you can do in the time available. I also added a little 'week starting' box so that if you do these weekly it is easy to see what was done and when.

It's amazing that actually being naughty and browsing Facebook when I shouldn't have been led me to Megan's blog post and gave me the kick up the bum I needed to get on with things. New to do lists in hand, I'm hoping to have a very productive weekend! If you haven't seen Megan's beautiful work before, please pop over to her website or visit her Facebook page, you won't be disappointed.