Another Every Wednesday Post…
I am toying with the idea of not having a to-do list. Would that really be possible? I don’t remember having one in college and I was fine. It’s probably not completely feasible. For one, I would still have to keep the following lists:
- To-do list for work (I don’t think boss would appreciate my ban on lists)
- A shopping list (I don’t want to wander around the supermarket for hours)
- Calendar for appointments (I think doctors don’t like it if you forget appointments)
However, it would be nice to wake up on a to-do list to follow and check off. What would that day look like? Would I run out of underwear? Would I run out of food? Would I forget to pay bills? Would I remember to have fun?
I think I have a “fear” of not planning and this goes beyond to-do list of chores and errands. To sum it up, if you remember that fable about the grasshopper and the ant, I don’t want to be the grasshopper. I fear that if I give in to my grasshopper tendencies, five years will go by and I will be in the same spot, a spot that I don’t love very much.
While I don’t think planning life to the last detail is great or even really feasible, I do think that planners I’ve met accomplish more than those who live day-to-day. That’s not a bad thing if your goal is to just enjoy life, but I think most of us do have goals, big or small, that would make us feel happier but can be easily forgotten in the frenzy of life.
Do you keep a to-do list? Could you live an unplanned life?