One More Thing To Add To Your To-Do List


One More Thing To Add To Your To-Do ListWhether it’s in my Moleskine notebook or on my Notes app in my iPhone, my work and personal life revolve around to-do lists. Can anyone else relate? I love the feeling of checking off and physically marking through tasks I’ve accomplished.

Special shout-out to all the color-coded, list-makers and planner-lovers out there!

This week was my first week back to work after vacation, so my list was daunting and constantly growing. However, on Monday morning, I added a few items to my to-do list that I’ve never included before. Right under ‘pay mortgage’ and ‘send new family photo to daycare,’ I added:

  • Text Melissa
  • Text Brittany
  • Text Lauren

That’s right. I added texting my friends to my list of things to do that day. Now, I am not at all saying that reaching out to my friends is considered a ‘task.’ What I am saying is that we get so focused on tackling our lists that the important things sometimes lack the priority they deserve, such as checking in on friends and family.

At the end of each day, I got so tired of lying in bed and wishing I had reached out to my friends or was feeling guilty because I hadn’t set up a playdate or girls’ night in months. I think of my friends all the time throughout the day, but fail to put my feelings into noticeable actions. Adding this text reminder to my to-do list was the successful solution for me.

As a result, I have a zoo playdate, dinner with friends, and a pool day scheduled. This gives me so much joy, and I now have quality time with my loved ones to look forward to. While lists and task completion help me manage my home and work life, I now feel like my social life is moving forward too.

So, when your to-do list looks long, add a few more things to it. Send the text. Make the plans. Check on your friends. It’s a ‘task’ that feels so good to check off your list.

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I am a local public relations professional by day, but my most important titles are ‘Mom’ to my rainbow baby, Clayton, and ‘Wife’, to my high school sweetheart, Louis. I have worked at McGhee Tyson Airport in the public relations department for the past ten years. I manage the airport’s website and social media accounts, but what I love most about my job is the ability to help passengers have a safe and enjoyable experience at TYS. After becoming a mom, it became even more important for me to share travel tips and ‘mom-hacks’ that make traveling with children seamless, stress-free, and maybe even fun! As a born-and-raised East Tennessean, I am a fan of (orange!) all-things Knoxville. I love seeing our area continue to grow by offering unique, memorable experiences for all ages and interests. When I’m not singing a Blippi song that’s stuck in my head or kicking around a soccer ball with my son, you can find me traveling, reading, or reading about travel.


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