Are you done yet?

To do listI’m a person who loves “to do” lists. I feel organized and productive when I can check off completed tasks. Making a list also holds me accountable and forces me to do things I don’t like, such as calling my lawyer, refilling prescriptions, and most kinds of housework.

Recently, however, it has dawned on me that most of the things I do are never finished. I will never truly be “done” with exercise, paying bills, or figuring out the latest Facebook update. Most of the events in my life are on some sort of cycle — new mail arrives six days a week, it’s time to do my bi-weekly strength training, or April 15th has arrived and my taxes are due. So I’m never really done, I’m just at a different point in my daily or yearly journey.

And, since these tasks all recur regularly, I’m thinking that I need to actually enjoy them — not just rush to get them over with as quickly as possible. To be honest, I haven’t figured out exactly how this will work in my life … but I think it’s a great goal.

Today, blog about your approach to work. Are you a list maker who tries to “get it over with”? Or do you prefer a more easygoing style that values the journey instead of the destination?