#BIGRead14: To Do List

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(Yes)today’s post was on to-do lists, and I enjoyed reading everyone’s responses. We seem to live in a world of to-do lists, and I was told earlier this week that in my efforts to keep on top of my to-do list, I mostly end up with a dented to-do list and a dented Bex. Love this response to the poem:

Each item on my potential list
Swirls round my brain like a marauding shark,
The anxiety building like a threatening storm.
If I don’t catch each thought, write it down,
The wave will capsize me and I will be devoured, painfully.
My list is my harpoon
That nails each task to paper,

I do find the todoist app incredibly helpful, out of the various ways that I’ve tried. A few years ago I read Mark Forster ‘Do it tomorrow and other secrets of time management’, which worked for me. Lots of conventional time management says put things into a calendar and stick rigidly to it – whereas he says, make a list of what you have to do – you have to do all of it – so it doesn’t matter where you start!

Quite liked this piece on Patheos – God’s Bucket List (not quite the same, but the to-do list of a lifetime I guess).

#Do1NiceThing: Be a nice driver – spread road-calm! and we were only discussing in the pub last night the different driving styles in different countries. I only went out briefly yesterday, but I think I’m a nice driver most of the time .. and Richard Coles posted:

Oh joy of joys. A nincompoop in a Porsche Cayenne came up way too fast and too close behind me just now on the A14, narrow-laned for road works, flashing and sounding the horn. I let it pass, but caught up with it a minute later, as it turned in to the Crematorium in time for the funeral I am about to take and at which I may adapt my homily to make the most of this opportunity.

Maggi Dawn

Maggi (in Giving it Up) draws on Matthew 4:8-11, with regards to the desire for power and control. There’s an interesting note that we want to control our own little world – which makes me wonder if that’s what we are doing with the to-do list (although I’m a big believer in finding the right tools, but making them work for us, rather than being a slave to them).

There’s a strong call to use any power that we may have, not to control, to bully (however benignly), but to use it in a transparent way for the benefit of others. Pace ourselves, and keep a clear view of what we are here for in the long run!

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Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst  (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.

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