I'm not asking a rhetorical question here; I'm asking because I'm genuinely interested in how other people Manage Life.
When Annie was a tiny thing, I set goals for each season or quarter, primarily to keep my focus. Now that she's older and things are easier from the parenting perspective, I've been keeping very detailed monthly, weekly, and daily lists of what I need and want to accomplish--from creative projects to homeschooling, home projects and outings, et cetera. I generally plan at least a month in advance and then have a long to-do list every day. I don't usually cross *everything* off the list, but I tackle most things.
For the past two days I decided not to make a daily list. There was no reason; it just seemed like after our houseguests left and summer started to settle in around us, I didn't feel like constantly referring to my written page.
And during this list-quiet time I've been wondering: do I plan too much? Am I over-complicating my life with all these lists and plans? Am I sticking so closely to my pre-conceived list that I'm not attentive and responsive enough to more immediate needs?
(Yes. This is me, taking a Sunday nap on the sofa of my father's mountainhouse, with my sister's dog on me, and my father watching football. I call this "Sundaying!" Finn took this photo.)
Summer seems like a good time to simplify and reconsider. The only schoolwork we're consistently doing is math (today we did do artist study, history, and poetry--but just for fun, because I felt like it).
I'm also staring down a Big Birthday in a few months. The passage of time makes me think about the value of time, and how I use my time.
A paper calendar on the fridge, a Moleskine weekly planner, a typed to-do project list, a daily notebook list. A homeschool binder, a prayer journal, a home management binder, the typed-and-organized-by-aisle grocery list on the side of the fridge, a Bible study binder, a creative projects journal (that's not going anywhere!).....is it too much?
(This cake was too much. And too delicious.)
Should life be a little simpler, maybe, than I'm making it?
Some people don't even make lists, ever. And they are completely undisturbed by this--
(Mr. P, contemplating his peaceful life. Which never involves lists.)
whereas I fear a life without lists. I fear feeling tetherless, tossed about on a sea of whim; I'm too Type A for that life. And yet am I choosing the good portion? Or am I just pushing my own agenda? Am I making this more complex than it needs to be?
So really: how do you organize your life?