I am a cheater. No, I don’t cheat on tests or under oaths or anything like that– I only cheat on my to-do lists. (And workouts, if I am being honest.)
I “cheat” on my to-do lists in two main ways.
- I add easy items to the list that I was going to do anyways to make myself feel better
- I never end up doing the things on my list
Whew. I’m glad I got that off of my chest. I can’t be the only one who adds simple items to my lists to give me a false sense of productivity and accomplishment, right? Any other to-do list liars out there?
Here is an example of a real list I wrote yesterday in my down time at work:
- Eat a salad
- Google “Gordon MacRae“
- Buy some more of those pumpkin spice bagels because I’m not sure if I like them or not
- Never talk to [name of boy redacted for his safety] again
- Take the shuttle to class on Monday
- Figure out what movies are showing
- Paint my nails
- Buy a reusable water bottle and coffee thermos
- Watch “The Prince of Egypt“
- Email interesting stories to my friend Ann
- Do all my homework
- Call some people I need to call
- Find out how a 401(k) works
- Change my Twitter profile background
That is honestly a list I made. (See lie numero uno.) And I haven’t even done everyone on there. (See no. 2.)
You may look at that list and say something akin to “But Amanda, you already blogged! I am reading it now.” Technically true, I suppose, but not the one I wanted to write. I can’t figure out how to make it work, so I decided to write a simple one about lists.
I’m going to put lying on my to-do lists on my to-do list. I’m going to let you guess how that will turn out.