Creative Story #1. This week my to-do list lassoed me around the neck, hog-tied me, and threw me in the closet. The to-do list looked like a demon, you know, wearing red Christmas long underwear and sarcastically humming, “God rest ye Merry Gentleman” whilst brandishing a silver key and bottle of brandy. While I wept on the closet floor, the to-do list partied around our Little House in the Big Woods, tossing Christmas lights asunder and making snow angels on the deck.
I wouldn’t have escaped from the locked closet at all until after Christmas, except Barry found me. He didn’t seem to believe my story about a demonic capture by a to-do list, though. Do you believe it?
Creative Story #2. This week my to-do list started chores with a cheerful Elf-like grin and smartly crossed off item after blessed item. As Laurie over there at Speaking from the Heart shared yesterday, it sparkled like a ta-da! list. Everything neatly finished. (Except those last items, which shall be finished, come hell or high water before next Wednesday, I swear it!)
Creative Story #3. This week my to-do list stared me in the face, just like your to-do list. What is it about to-do lists? They simply demand so much time. They’re nit-picky. They’re anti-Christmas-spirit, I tell ya. Even when they couch their chores in Christmas lore: wrap Christmas presents, mail Christmas presents, write Christmas cards…
Creative Story #4. This week my to-do list failed to cooperate. EVERY single thing I tried to do revolted. It was simply revolting. I TRIED to sign up for health care. Let’s not even discuss it. By tonight it shall be crossed off that darn list, please be to the heavenly accomplishment team. I tried to do A, B and C at work. What’s done? NOTHING! (Answer to this dilemma–write a creative blog. Even though it’s not on the list, it gives such a feeling of accomplishment, doesn’t it? Especially when you make it look like a numbered list.)
Creative Story #5. This week my to-do list acted out the old-time favorite Christmas program: The Grinch who Stole Christmas. The Grinch wrote the list, refused to deliver the list, burned the list as a fire-starter in our wood stove. The Grinch grinned evilly.
Not-so Creative Story #6. Here’s how a practical person might tell the story of their to-do list:
Person 1: How’s your to-do list coming along?
Person 2: Oh, pretty good. Had a lot of things to do this week. Got most of them done, but still have a few more to check off. I’m sure I’ll finish by Christmas. There were a few stressful moments, but it wasn’t bad.
Creative Story #7. This week I got so mad at my to-do list that I grabbed Rudolph out of the woods–he was munching vegetable scraps under the oak tree–I recognized his red nose. (OK, maybe he was cold.) “Get me to Santa,” I hissed and jumped on his back, not waiting for that sleigh.
“Santa,” said I, “all I want for Christmas is a checked off to-do list.”
Santa, surrounded by thousands of elves and reindeer, simply stared. I started imagining HIS to-do list. Seriously, readers, think of Santa’s to-do list! It must be immense.
I backed away, hopped on Rudolph’s back, clicked my snowmobile boots three times and returned home to my to-do list.
In big letters wrote “Do not panic” at the top of the list and crossed it out. Phew! That’s done. Then I wrote “Ta da!” at the bottom of the list and decided not to cross that one out–ever.
Creative Question #8. OK, busy reader, I’ve offered you seven creative short stories about to-do lists. What about your list? Are you making your list and checking it off?