My Favorite Task List

I LOVE to write to do lists. You might call it an obsession. I may spend more time writing a task than it would just take to accomplish it. There is something about crossing things off the list and seeing what I have completed each day that fuels me. I must confess that sometimes I write things I have already done just to cross them off- lame, I know. In our home, my husband will come across my lists on post its, backs of bills, and even jotted down in my kids' journals. What can I say, I like making lists.

There are unlimited options when it comes to list makers: Wunderlist, To Do, Remember the Milk, Producteev, Trello, Evernote, and good old fashioned pen and paper (just to name a few)--- and people are passionate and opinionated about their to do lists. 

For the last four or five years I have used Google tasks. My friend Michelle sold me on it, and I have found it to be very helpful and easy to navigate.  Google Tasks works for me mostly because I use Google Calendar and keep my browser open in the background at all times. I also like that it syncs to my phone through an app called GoTasks, and I can categorize different lists for assistant, personal work, and home. (I used to have a groceries category, but since the Walmart grocery pickup app, this category is no longer needed-- yes, I love Walmart grocery pick up, but that's a different post). Since Google Tasks syncs to my phone, when I check it off in one place it checks off in the other--- and I LOVE checking off tasks. 

I definitely find it to be more phone user friendly--- the app allows me to sort in the order I want, set alarms at specific times to remind me, repeat tasks that are recurring, and I can view ALL my lists at the same time. Through the browser it only sorts alphabetically, can only set a due date (not time), and views only one list at a time. 

I have heard there are some amazing other options out there, like Trello that works great for group lists or Producteev where I can create subcategories. Honestly, I haven't made a lot of time to explore all the options out there... I will add that to my to do list. Check.

What do you use for your to do list? What do you like most about it?

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Wednesday, April 26 is what we now call Administrative Professionals Day, more commonly known as Assistant's Day! Honestly, I didn't even know it was today until I got the vendor emails about celebrating. Seems like a "Hallmark holiday" to me, but I also recognize that I am blessed to work in an environment where I feel loved and valued every day.  

Anyway, we were joking at the office about how funny it is that if our bosses forgot about this national day, we only have ourselves to blame for not marking it in their calendar. It is one of those awkward items to add, like your own birthday. ; )

But do them a favor and mark it down for next year, so they can celebrate you and all the value you add to the workplace. 

Enjoy your day, treat yourself to a coffee or dessert, and know you are making a difference! 

When my boss is away...

Last week my boss was out of the office, and it was a great time for me to catch up on projects that I had on the back burner. I try to take it (just a little) easier, enjoy a lunch or coffee date, and regroup, before he returns revved up for what's ahead. I also use the time to reevaluate my heart and spirit. I ask myself questions like:

  • Is this still where God has called me, and if so, am I being faithful in every area He has entrusted me?  
  • Do I love my job? Is there any aspect of it I would like to address or adjust? 
  • Is there anything I am doing out of obligation and my heart is not in it? Am I here because I have to be or because I want to be? 
  • Am I enjoying my life? Are there any changes I need to make to remain spiritually and emotionally healthy? 
  • Is there any responsibility or project that I could take to the next level? Am I still operating in excellence?

This is not some highly dramatic monthly inspection, but I do believe it is important to periodically take personal inventory--- to make sure we are fully invested and engaged in the life God has given us and our hearts are free from anything that hinders what He wants to do in us. 

In Psalm 139, David asked the Lord, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life."

Let's take time to check our hearts, and make sure we are not living and working on autopilot. Because when my boss returns, it will be full speed ahead. And I want my focus to be set on what's in front of me and my heart to be happy doing it. 

My prayer: Lord, I take this moment and invite You to search my heart. If there is anything that is not from You, remove it. If there is anything that needs to be cleaned out, adjusted, addressed, corrected, You have full access. Thank You for being the author AND finisher of my faith. Thank You for Your promise that He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion. I am so grateful that You are my guide, counselor, and redeemer. Check my heart, and confirm that I am on the path that You have set before me. I want to follow You in full obedience and be fully engaged where You have called me. Thank You for loving and leading my life!

 

Your turn: Do you take the opportunity to do anything differently when your boss is out of the office?