Saturday, April 5, 2014

Let's Celebrate To-Do Lists!

It's time to CELEBRATE This Week with Ruth Ayres from Discover. Play. Build.  Every week Ruth invites us to share our celebrations from the week and link up at her blog. What a fun way to reflect on everything there is to be thankful for. 

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This week I'm celebrating lists!

*throws confetti*

I love making lists and crossing things off of my lists. It's possibly one of the best feelings. Believe me, I totally get that this might be a little strange...at least to some people, but it's true for me. Lists are awesome. Not much compares to drawing a squiggly line through an accomplished task or ripping up a list. I've tried to switch to electronic lists but there's something about pencil and paper when it comes to writing up a to-do list. 

I keep a clipboard with a to-do list page for everyday. I also write out lists for bigger tasks like if I'm organizing an event or planning out writing goals for the week. I usually end up with sticky notes here and there with mini-lists, too.
Keeping lists helps me stay organized with all of the ideas I have floating around in my brain. There is never enough time in the day for all of the ideas I have. Some of my ideas aren't worth hanging on to but others are little gems I know are worthwhile so adding them to a list so I can get to these ideas sooner or later feels great and also helps me keep my brain uncluttered.

Last weekend, the biggest things on my list was making valances for my office. I have been showing them off all week! 

I cut a pice of fabric out and glued it to a square canvas so I also have this artwork to go along with it! I was feeling very vibrant and hopeful when I chose the word, "Live" for this piece.

I have a pretty colorful office so my valance fit right in. 
Can you spot my pointy, red hat a la I Want My Hat Back?
I had one more thing on my list that I finally got to! I've been wanting to paint my nails red for a while now. I snatched up this wonderful red color from Essie weeks ago but haven't found the time to sit long enough to paint them and let them dry. Finally, I added it to my list and, ta da! Red nails! Hooray for spring!
No matter what goals I have, I know that making a list and breaking the large goal down into manageable action items makes a huge difference for me. I found myself talking to students about this and talking them through how to break down a seemingly large goal into do-able baby steps. This is a great way to share the growth mindset and to help students believe that anything is possible. Any big seems like it can be accomplished once you see the little steps it can take to get there.

How do you keep track of things to do or attack big goals?
What are you celebrating this week?

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