Motivation against depression: from to-do to done

Yesterday I decided to try EverNote and made out my ‘to-do’ list and my ‘done’ list. To my delight, I was able to complete all of the tasks I had set out for myself. But what amazed me was how much my ‘done’ list outweighed my ‘to-do’ list, as you can see below:

To-Do List (11th January 2017)

  • Practise knitting
  • Practise German
  • Wash hair
  • Dig out earphones for mam
  • Put books on mam’s Kindle

Done List (11th January 2017)

  • Booked airport car park
  • Finished reading Hunt for the Skinwalker
  • Wrote part of a story
  • Submitted a post to r/writingprompts [on Reddit]
  • Updated my blog
  • Found my earphones for mam
  • Put books on my mam’s Kindle
  • Washed my hair
  • Practised German
  • Practised knitting

Clearly the reason I had more on my ‘done’ list was because I wound up doing stuff that I hadn’t intended to do, such as write and finish my book. Sometimes I can’t help but feel pressurised by my ‘to-do’ list, so perhaps this is a positive step to becoming less pressurised and in turn end up doing more stuff without planning to.

Today, my ‘to-do’ mostly revolves around work stuff, but I do hope to start a new knitting square later on this evening now that my evening college class has been cancelled, but I haven’t put it on my ‘to-do’ list. You know, just in case!

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