The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory – Chinese Proverb
I like this proverb because it reminds me to write everything down. I make to-do lists. Everyday i have a personal to-do list and a work to-do list. My personal to do list can contain one time things – buy baby present for Jenn, to more mundane things – clean kitchen. I know if I don’t write it down, it won’t get done – part of it is the satisfaction in crossing something off the list, even if it is something that has to get done like the kitchen, the other part is that putting it in writing creates a sense of urgency.
This particularly effective for work items, where I tend to prioritize things. As a working mom and running a business I have to be very efficient in getting my work done so that there is enough time with the kids. A list, though it may seem overwhelming to have 20 things on it, actually helps me to see what is important, what is fast and what will take a long time, allowing me to structure my day – perhaps I will be able to knock off five items in 10 minutes through an email question or a quick phone call. Or I will realize that I need a block of time to create a presentation and that my afternoon will be the best time for it.
So girls, remember write down your to-do list – what doesn’t get done today gets moved over tomorrow. Prioritize your list. This will help you make time for the most important list of all — your dream list.
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