Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Much Ado About To-Do Lists
The dreaded to-do list. A necessary evil of any event planning. With my Thanksgiving list at over a hundred tasks when you include my cooking and baking, I feel overwhelmed nearly every time I look at it. My solution: break my "master" to-do list down into smaller "daily" to-do lists. Now when I look at what I need to accomplish for the day it does not seem so daunting. I also rank the daily tasks in order of importance. There are definitely some things like "Clean the Bathroom" or "Wash Guest Room Sheets" which are important to accomplish before my guests arrive today while "Finish Sewing Napkins" has been bumped to the next day's list for the last three days. If my daily to-do list is not completed, I know it is o.k. because I can always add the task to the next day. I realize that when going through the stress of planning a large event, it is important to take time to relax and do things you enjoy rather than being completely immersed in the planning. Now putting things off until the next day, that brings me to my next topic: Knowing When to Call In the Troops for Help.