There’s a reason I make To Do Lists

Of course, there’s the obvious pleasure I get from checking everything off the list but I’m convinced I’d never finish half the things I start if it wasn’t for my lists. By putting things on the list that I would normally procrastinate doing they actually get done.

If I hadn’t set my mini goals yesterday, I’d have gotten up and gone straight to work on the doll quilt. It’s the *new* exciting project (at least until the next one comes along).

You’ll notice that sewing a binding and loading a quilt on the longarm were the other two *tasks* I set for myself yesterday – probably my two least favorite things to do so I made myself finish both of them before allowing myself to work on the doll quilt. By the way, I’m getting a LOT more comfortable with hand quilting without a hoop and my stitches are looking better too.

Final result? I got it all done including starting the Baptist Fans quilting and making more string blocks for the Half Square Hearts.

Tomorrow’s mini list?
1. Finish quilting the HeartStrings Sampler for QOV
2. Work on piecing the Half Square Hearts
3. More hand quilting on the doll quilt.


  1. I often make lists too. I get a lot more done that way. Lately I’ve had so much company that lists are exercises in frustration.

  2. Way to go Mary!! Doesn’t it feel good to mark things off that list. I have a list too, but things just don’t seem to get marked off lately. Life is busy and getting in the way.

  3. I’m with you Mary, lists are the best way to get thru stuff. Not only do I not forget any of the things I need to do, but at the end of the day I can see what I’ve achieved, and it’s a good feeling.Have a great day*hugs*Tazzie🙂

  4. Yes, lists are great, and ideally you should start with the least enjoyable task first. Ever read the book “Eat that Frog”? My ‘problem’ of course is that with little ones, they are always the priority (or so they think!)

  5. I have lists for everthing!! And I firmly believe it is okay to add something and cross it off for that feeling of accomplishment. If it’s something extra you did that wasn’t on the list to begin with. 🙂

  6. Haven’t tried “mini-do” lists. Usually make one big monster of list for a week or month – don’t get very far, but I’ll give this a try. . . gonna get my list for tomorrow, and work on that.

  7. Good reasons for making lists…I still won’t do it. too confining…doesn’t allow me to ‘wander off’ in another direction. Not that it’s a bad thing, just not for me. But then you are WAY more productive than I am.

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