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Add THAT to Your ToDo List and Smoke It

I hate ToDo lists. They may help you organize your life, but what’s more depressing than looking at 147 chores that simply remind you of all the stuff you haven’t accomplished yet? It’s like getting bogged down in massive debt that you don’t want to pay because it will take YEARS to climb out of that hole. So why bother?

That’s why I’ve decided to just let the bank repossess my ToDo list.  HA! Let’s see them try and unload THAT thing in today’s ToDo list market. Plus, for the last six months, I’ve let the thing go because I just don’t care any more. Rather than rewrite a fresh clean list after completing several items, I’ll just scribble out “feed wombat” and add “blog about Olympic Gold Medal” and other ToDos until I have to staple pages together into an unwieldy mess.

And…I use a pen. A big fat leaky one.

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27 Comments

  1. HRH says:

    I am so against the to do list. If you get a good price let me know. I might make one up if something good could come of it.

  2. Mike S says:

    As both husband & landlord/repairman I actually keep 3 lists. 1)tenants requests, these are just the sensible ones & very likely will get done. 2)my ‘post-its’, things I know I want to do but may or may not ever do. 3) SWMBO requests, list of SWMBO ‘requests for immediate action'; these either get done on about 3rd repeated request if followed by ‘make your life miserable’ type sounds directed my way or they’re easily taken care of by saying ‘they’re getting higher on the list My Dear’. Well, if I keep adding to the list they ARE getting ‘higher’ onna list, not like I claimed ‘getting closer to the top’ of list or anything, right???

  3. I use to be a fit huge list ho. I gave up my sinning ways and the only list I now make is a grocery list.
    Life is much better.

  4. Tricia says:

    I tried that making lists thing. I’ve used paper, I’ve used computer programs and even my damn crackberry, and after all that list making, I’m worn out. The bank can have mine too!!

  5. Scratch Bags says:

    Good Lord! the walls of my rooms are full of colorful post its, and half of the tasks that I write every night are left undone. I think I do it only for my mental satisfaction. Actually the secret is I love post its, and the colors especially amuse me. But I like using pencils, colorful ones obviously. Good to know that there are procrastinators all across the globe. lol
    [I tried subscribing to your blog through feed burner, but it’s showing an error.]

  6. Madge says:

    I’m a list maker. yes i am. stop mocking me. I don’t care. I’m going to put not caring about you mocking me on my list of things to do today.

  7. honeywine says:

    I routinely find to-do lists from years past. Some of that crap still isn’t going to get done! Why would I even want to paint the bathroom wall in tiger stripes?

  8. I just watched a show on National Geographic last night about repo men…I *think* they mentioned something about coming after your todo list. Don’t be surprised if you hear a knock at the door at 2 AM!

  9. chatblanc says:

    My “to do” lists are never completed or very helpful, but I enjoy pointless endeavors so much that i can’t give it up.

  10. Joe says:

    If you were afflicted with CRS, you would appreciate the beauty of the “to do” list.
    The Crotchty Old Lady made a to do list to help organize herself.
    2 days later she made another to do list.
    Item # 1: Find old to do list.

  11. Lisa says:

    I agree with the first commenter. I specifically accomplish things and put them on my “to-do” list so I can cross it off and look like I actually did something.
    Works every time.
    otherwise my to-do list would be like huge!

  12. I always misplace my ToDo lists. Kinda self-defeatist, no?

  13. What about lists for the grocery store?? If I don’t write it down, it won’t get purchased….except for cookies and snacks, and then I’ll purchase 5 times what is on the list.

  14. MJ says:

    I leave mine in a drawer. If you can’t see it, it’s not there….
    “Out of sight, out of mind.” Right?

  15. Kirsten says:

    It’s funny that Qelqoth doesn’t like to do lists!
    “alcohol, fornication, excessive violence and mind altering drugs” are actually all ON my to do list. ; )

  16. Melody Platz says:

    The trick with To-Do lists is to write down things like:
    1. 15 minutes sweep kitchen floor
    followed by
    2. two-day massage accompanied by frequent chocolate eating breaks.

  17. Qelqoth says:

    I hate to break it to you…but “To Do” lists is the deformed child of middle management. Using them will destroy your soul.
    Instead, try alcohol, fornication, excessive violence and mind altering drugs.
    Sure, they’re also ingredients for self destruction but you can have a lot more fun that way.
    “To Do” lists indeed. What the fuck were you thinking?!

  18. I don’t have to-do lists. I have sticky notes that I promptly lose. Oh, I also send myself e-mails, which I then delete.

  19. Jinksy says:

    I much prefer writing Done Lists, instead of To Do lists.
    Its makes you feel like you’ve accomplished a great deal more.

  20. Stephanie says:

    Thats funny you wrote about this today – I wrote a to-do list for the first time in ages AND realized I’m in massive debt.

  21. Lynn K. says:

    If I don’t make lists, I can’t remember what I have to do….
    *sigh*
    when I have time, I write real posts at my blog….

  22. manager mom says:

    I LOVE making to-do lists. I make lists of things I need to make lists about. And then I flush them down the toilet.

  23. damon says:

    Then who will feed the wombat?
    To do: 1.Read NGIP.
    2.Leave comment (if amused.)
    3. Click smiley.
    Maybe SOME to-do lists are OK. ;)

  24. Yup, lists are for OCD freaks. And just writing one takes up time that could otherwise be used for actually doing something. Rickey just goes with the flow and does what needs to get done.

  25. Mojo says:

    I just finished my to do list by visiting NGIP and leaving a gift behind.
    Five words that will get you all the respectable (if a little weird) Google searches you can stand:
    “jay leno fritos bag ebay”
    You can thank me later when the hits come rolling in.
    -Mojo
    No I gotta go learn about lobster sex. (I just gotta)

  26. Augusto says:

    I like to add things I’ve just accomplished to my “to-do” list just so I can check them off.