I have fallen for this strategy too, and out of idleness I have decided to create my own list. What could it be? Probably something I can realize during the summer. (A list can be manageable only if you have free time to do it, right? No use writing a list knowing that you will be occupied with other "more serious" things.)
Writing a list also somehow makes you stick to it, at least that is true for me.
I confess, I have been influenced by Mike Gayle's The To-Do-List which I read recently. I could never ever do as many as 1277 things he had written on his to-do list but then he had given himself a whole year to complete the task.
So, here I am writing the 10 things I am going to do this summer which otherwise might have not been done (I allow myself to extend the list if need be):
- Read at least 4 new and valuable books (Cheating because I was going to read them anyway!)
- Sort out the wardrobe!!!
- Wash the windows!!!
- Go to the Forum Cinemas and watch at least one new film (have to decide which one).
- Call on an old friend (or two depending on their availability) in another town.
- Prepare a workshop I am going to deliver at the teachers conference (I was going to do it anyway, so it's cheating again).
- Set up a new social site for my next year students and think out how to use it :))
- Make a few jars of jam e.g. strawberry, blackberry, cloudberry, orange etc. (I have already made rhubarb-banana jam which is good!)
- Take a picture of myself so that I have one ready to publish where necessary.
- Go for a boat ride with my family in the Daugava. (Have done it before, and loved it!)
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