Wednesday, December 17, 2014

'Tis the Season for Making Lists

by Shirley Drew

I was reading an article in “Huff Post Home” called “The One Thing That Successful People Do Every Day -- That You're Getting Wrong.” The main point is captured in the following quote:

“They have successfully mastered the to-do list, which guides their day.”

As I began reading, I thought, Well then I should be extremely successful—I’m a master at writing to-do lists! Reading further, however, the article stresses that the successful person also completes her to-do lists. Bah humbug, I say! So just to show them (whoever they are) that I am dedicated to completion, I decided to write a list of “Three Important Lessons I Learned in 2014.” And because I’ve already learned these lessons, I can call it complete, right? Okay, that argument’s a little thin. Still it was the link I needed to share my list with you. Hopefully, my learning will edify you as well. So here goes:

Three Important Lessons I Learned in 2014:

1. Reading instructions is important. Long story short, I had a crock pot of stew blow up on the stove. Stew everywhere. It took my husband and me two hours to clean the kitchen. What was the crock pot doing on the stove? I was trying to rush the cooking process because I had students coming over that evening. I wanted to get the stew boiling before putting the crock back in the container and plugging it in. Evidently, you're not supposed to do that. As I was finally putting everything away later that evening, I noticed something written on the side of the metal container for the crock pot: Do not put crock or base on stove burner. Who knew?

2. Reading emails (in their entirety) is important. Because I sometimes (okay, most times) skim my emails, I missed my "first Monday of every month" meeting at 3 p.m. on December 1. Then I went to my Investment Club Christmas party at 6 p.m. that same night. We meet on the second Monday of every month, so our party was guessed it...for the following Monday. Of course, if I’d read my emails more carefully, I wouldn’t have been driving down a dark street calling another member to check the address for the party. Sad but true.

3. Investing in a Click n Dig Key Finder Wireless RF Item Locator Remote Control, Pet, Wallet, Keyfinder is a good idea. I kind of feel like I’m saying, “I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!” Yeah, a cool idea, but when you reach your 50’s it’s a key-finder you want. I lose my keys—and my glasses, and my remote control, least a dozen times each day. No exaggeration. So I have every intention of asking Santa to bring me a “Click n Dig” for Christmas. Though I haven’t quite figured out what I’ll do when I lose my “Click n Dig.”

Merry Christmas, everyone,and I hope that Santa brings you everything on your list!


Patricia Stoltey said...

Shirley, I am also a master of making To Do Lists, and I regularly flunk list completion. I've decided the only answer is to make shorter lists.

Sarah Sullivan said...

Hilarious! I just know we would be the best of friends if we lived in the same locale. Your stories, maybe sad but certainly true, remind me so much of myself!

Happy Holidays and keep the crock pot off the stove!

Shirley Drew said...

Thanks, Ladies! And Sarah. The feeling is mutual! In fact, I have often wanted to talk to you about your writing projects. If you are interested in chatting, feel free to contact me at

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