The Done-Did List
After a series of "here-there-everywhere-days," I decided not to expect much from myself once Monday came. Yet, by the end of the day, I realized I accomplished more than I do on most days when I have a to-do list.
Our two Labrador Retrievers received grooming, baths, and pedicures. I also sanitized their bedding.
My youngest joined me in washing the bathroom lampshades.
We vacuumed under and behind the furniture in my room.
I changed the sheets on the bed.
I cleaned the windows and ventilated the room.
Everyone worked hard on their school work because I was too focused (or distracted?) to keep them focused (or distracted?). Anyway, everyone worked hard.
Then we had lunch.
My middle one, my youngest, and I went for a walk to the coffee shop to finish English class and to collect subject matter for nature drawing.
I made meatloaf and mashed potatoes for dinner while the middle one and the youngest listened to a book-on-tape.
My oldest cleaned the bathroom.
I scrubbed down the kitchen while dinner cooked.
I enjoyed reading a book at the hair salon.
My husband and I watched our Monday shows together after the kids went to bed.
I have concluded my high expectations for myself and others often yield fewer results and little satisfaction. Added to my morning to-do list--at least for Mondays--is "nothing." At the end of the day, it is much more satisfying to write a done-did list.