My “Done” List

I’m a list person. I have lists everywhere, in notebooks, on my phone, on random pieces of paper that float around my house like confetti. I have lists of my lists.

If you’re a list person like me then you probably (re)write your daily to-do list each morning and then spend the rest of the day battling to get those items crossed off it. Some days you can blitz it, and some days all you can manage is to add things to it, and then move them across to tomorrow’s list.

Its Monday, and this morning I was staring blankly at my empty to-do list. It had been a long couple of weeks and the kids were cranky. I just didn’t know where to start…My little arrow prayer of,

“please just get me through today,”

went up and came back down with the idea of,

” why not list what you actually get done today, rather than what you think you need to do?”

It was very strange going through my day without my regular to-do list. Rather than crossing things off I was writing things down, things that I’d already done. My “to-do” list became my “done” list and by the time lunchtime rolled around I was so surprised at how much I’d already accomplished!

– Rekindled last night’s fire

– Fed the kids breakfast.

– Fed me breakfast.

– Got the kids dressed.

– Had a shower and got myself dressed before 9am.

– Relit the fire because I overloaded it too soon.

– Sorted, folded and put away 3 baskets worth of laundry while the kids played in the wardrobe (did they disappear to Narnia for a bit? I’ll never know.)

– Washed and hung up 2 more loads.

– Washed last night’s and this morning’s dishes.

– Built a few Duplo towers.

– Knocked down a few Duplo towers.

– Rescued a Mary statue from the toy basket.

– Fed the kids morning tea.

– Relit the fire again because the wood’s green and just won’t take…

– Began tidying my craft room.

-Put the kids down for naps, and held my 1yr old for 90% of it because that’s what normally happens around here.

– Fed the kids lunch.

– Relit the fire *again* but this time with new wood so hopefully it will actually burn 😐

– Made an appointment for the kids with the dentist.

– Rescheduled a chiropractor appointment.

– Built more Duplo towers, and houses for a family of horses.

– Spent the rest of the afternoon having tea and cake with my mother-in-law and her mother. Watching my girls interact with their grandparents is just beautiful 💕

– Fed the kids dinner, got them cleaned up and off to bed.

I honestly enjoyed making a done list a lot more than I thought I would. While I’ve no doubt I’ll go back to my regular to-do list on a day-to-day basis, using a done list will be something I (hope I remember to) use next time my day is looking a bit too much like a Monday!

P.S. My dining room isn’t always this clean – a big thanks to my brother who spent his Sunday afternoon playing with the girls outside, giving me the chance to do a blitz-clean and enjoy total tidyness for about 3.583 minutes!

P.P.S. Don’t look too closely at the floor, that only got a light sweeping 😁

2 thoughts on “My “Done” List

  1. Last year I took a leave of absence from work because of debilitating depression and anxiety. Despite my depressive episodes for over 30 years,
    I have always been able to work, care for my children, husband and home.
    So this was a new experience, being at home, just getting through each day.
    I always had a daily list, but now my lists went undone causing me to feel less worthy.
    I read a quote from St. Francis…”begin with the necessary, then what is possible and then the impossible.”
    I was aiming for the “necessary” – it was all I could do each day. This quote along with my prayers caused my inner voice (God) to say, “Janine, forget the to do list. Just write what you have done.” I bought a small, colorful notebook and began writing “I Did It” list. My first lists were short:
    – got out of bed
    – ate breakfast
    – pet the dog
    – read today’s readings
    – rinsed out my coffee cup
    – sat outside
    Soon I was able to look back at what I had done and began to feel a bit proud of “just doing what was necessary” to care for myself. When I read your “My Done List” blog, it made me smile. It’s been a year of healing and grief and acceptance for me. I am back to my daily to do lists but I think I deserve an
    “I Did It” list day very soon.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I love that quote from St. Francis, I’ve not heard it before. I think everyo e deserves a “Did It” list day here and there, its so encouraging. 💕


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