Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Things I just can't bring myself to do...

I've been keeping written to do lists for about 2 weeks now. They're all in a little notebook that I keep in my purse (until someone under the age or 4 relieves me of it, that is). Its been interesting and eye opening.

On one hand, it definantly helps me feel like I actually do accomplish things, at least sometimes. Being the stay-home mommy of two little often leaves me feeling like I never actually accomplish anything. See things in writing checked off as accomplished can help me feel less... useless? Not quite the right word, but it works...

I also find it interesting to see what is on the list day after day after day. Since I don't put down everyday things like "cook dinner" and "sweep the floor", I'm a little surprised to see three things on my to-do list that have been there since I started the list. Curious?

1) Call & make well-child appointments
2) Call & make kids portrait appointments
3) Do something creative
4) Call & changes newspaper subscription (okay, its 4, but this one has only been on the list since Monday).

Now, besides the be creative, which I never get to becuase I have too hard of a time justifying it during the day when so many other things need to get done and I'm often too tired at night to have enough brain power left for creativity, they all have one thing in common: the phone.

I hate the phone. Which, if you'd known me in junior high you'd probably find very strange. Maybe I'm making up for those years of phone overload. But really, I hate the phone. I nearly break out in hives when I think about phone calls that I have to make. Okay, not really, but I do strange things to avoid it. Like the dishes, which I never do at our house (becuase my husband's awesome like that). These calls should take me... 5 minutes total. And 10 days later, I still haven't done them.

Hopefully one of these days I'll get tired of copying them onto each new day's list and just get it over with already. And then I'll wonder why on earth I waited so long.

7 comments:

The Thornocks said...

HA! I could have written this post myself. I started a "to-do" list about 2 months ago, and although my pregnancy nesting has helped me check off almost everything, there are a few things that are still on there. These things will probably still be there for some time, because of my fear/hate/anxiety over using the phone....unless Chad decides to jump in and rescue me as he often has to do because I REALLY can't do the phone thing.

Emily said...

Too funny! I think we all have things on our list like that. Mine all relate to doctor appointments. I HATE going to the doctor (especially in a new place, when I have no idea who to go to). My other strong dislike is anything related to the car. Hence living in MD for 4 months and having to pay to have the car inspected again because I've been too lazy/chicken to get it registered and the inspection expires tomorrow :P

AnnalisaG said...

I hate the phone too!!! I haven't taken my puppy into get groomed because it takes a silly phone call to make that appointment. It should be soooooo easy, and yet I keep avoiding it. I've also pushed the kids' dentist appts back because that requires calling. Glad I am not the only one!

emruth said...

The whole hating the phone thing.... yeah, it runs in the family. Mom and I are no different. David thinks it funny that I will also do anything to avoid the phone--including asking him to make the call. :) Love ya!

Becky said...

Mirror, mirror, on the wall. I am my mother after all.
Love you, beautiful daughter! Sorry my eccentricities seem to be genetic.

Kate said...

Its so nice to know there will be a good following for the "I'd rather tie my shoe laces together, iron my hands, and beat my head on the wall then make even the most easy, mundane phone calls" support group. Who wants to be president?

Rosie said...

does being president involve having to make any phone calls? :)