So you know about Bucket Lists, right? Well, a few weeks ago Tom and I began making daily Productivity Lists.
What are those? They're a list of productive things we accomplished each day. Oh, not huge, world-altering deeds, but rather, tasks each of us sees as daily obediences to God, things which will also affect our future.
Tom aims for five daily productive activities, I aim for seven. I was just pausing nightly before crawling into bed, tallying my list inside my head, but yesterday I began writing these tasks in my diary. It's an encouragement to do so because without conscious thought, it's easy to feel as though the day was a waste, especially for those of us at home without daily feedback from bosses or co-workers or a real paycheck or charts detailing what we've accomplished.
Again, Tom's and my Productivity Lists are not filled with rock-the-world stuff, but rather, anything aside from the normal washing of dishes, laundry and cooking of meals, etc.
Answered emails (1 point no matter how many emails I answered)
Writing in my blog (again, 1 point even if I write more than one post)
Finding something around the house which was lost
Feeding the birds, raking the yard
Mailing a snail mail letter or card
Buying something which made our lives easier
Grocery shopping or if I printed-out coupons from online
Taking a walk
Having friends over
Organizing or decorating something around the house
Making an important phone call
Doing anything which I'd procrastinated for a long time
You know, those sorts of things. (There are more, of course.)
Even after these nearly 15 months of Tom's being out of work, he and I are still making adjustments to this new life. This being together almost 24/7. And well, we've found these Productivity Lists helpful in keeping us disciplined because oh, how easy it is to become lazy during the meantime, the points between Today and discovering new goals and visions.
We're believing it's better to hike our way to our new life rather than just sit around waiting for it to drop upon our heads. There's such a thing as waiting on God (yes!), but there's also such a thing as His waiting upon us to step out of boats and walk in obedience across the water into His waiting arms.
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." ... Will Rogers
Oh, and technically this is different than a To Do List. These lists are made after we've completed the tasks. They're more like a Was Done List. :)