My “Not To Do” List

I was thinking about making a To-Do list for this week, but I haven’t been very good about getting through those lately. So I thought perhaps I’d be better off making a list of things I DON’T want to do. You know, reverse psychology and whatnot.

So, here are some things I plan NOT to do this week:

1. Make To-Do lists I won’t be able to complete. Check! (See? I knew this was a good idea.)

2. Polish off the two new boxes of Cellas chocolate-covered cherries that I bought this afternoon before the end of the day tomorrow.

3. Peruse every last one of the Black Friday ads, knowing that I will have no desire to even leave my pajamas, much less the house, on Black Friday.

4. Leave loads of laundry in the washer overnight.

5. Pull laundry out of the dryer and then leave it sitting unfolded in the laundry basket.

6. Fold the laundry and then leave it sitting folded in the laundry basket.

7. Wait until the morning we leave for Havarti’s parents’ house to start packing.

8. Make yet another schedule for housekeeping, homeschooling, exercise, and work, only to abandon it immediately upon printing.

9. Forget to drink water all morning and try to make up for it in the evening.

10. Remember for the 154th time that I need to print pictures of BoyWonder to put in our wall frames before he starts to wonder if he’s really a part of the family, but then still not actually send them to be printed.

11. Use the Internet as a procrastination tool.

12. Click on news stories with disturbing headlines, knowing I’m going to wish I hadn’t read them.

13. Find a great, insightful article online and then stupidly read through the comments, which are always filled with bitter, spiteful, rude people who have nothing better to do than spout ignorant vitriol and ruin my perfectly good mood.

14. Put food in the microwave to reheat and then totally forget about it until the next time I go to put food in the microwave to reheat.

15. Leave the Sharpies within reach of the two-year-old.

16. Start fifteen projects and not finish a single one.

17. Let the moppets con me into giving them one more piece of Halloween candy, which we are saving to use on gingerbread houses.

18. Reach into the chocolate cabinet every 45 minutes just because it’s there.

19. Expect my kids to develop habits I can’t keep myself.

20. Let another week go by between blog posts. That’s just no fun.

There. Good to shake things up a bit. Now I think I’m ready to tackle my week. And if I fail with this list, I can just change it into a To-Do list and feel like I’ve accomplished something. There’s a creative solution to every problem, I tell you. 🙂

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Annie writes about life, motherhood, world issues, beautiful places, and anything else that tickles her brain. On good days, she enjoys juggling life with her husband and homeschooling her children. On bad days, she binges on chocolate chips and dreams of traveling the world alone.

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