‘To-do’ list is never ending


I don’t see how you married guys do it.

I’m not talking about working, putting food on the table, tucking your kids in bed at night, planning a date night with your wife or saving those extra coins for that ultimate vacation.

My question is “how do you do it?”

How on God’s green earth do you get that “honey-do” list, done?

I’m not married.

I have no immediate family to attend.

So, I’m just a bachelor living the good life with time on my hands, right?

Not so.

My “to-do” list is never ending.

Here’s an example.

One morning last week, I turned on my laptop — only after I had my appropriate dose of caffeine — and found a ton of messages had flooded my once-empty email folder overnight.

I immediately dumped the spam.

I scanned the rest and flagged the most-important emails.

Then, I looked to the right on my work table.

Staring me in the face was a sheet of notebook paper that reminded me what I had to do that particular day.

Download pics and edit.

Write cutlines.

Post items on webpage.

Make phone calls.

Transcribe interviews from my recorder.

Check on crime beat.

And that’s JUST the left side of the paper!

I thought “where in the world do I start?”

And no, I didn’t think, “let’s start at the very beginning.”

Julie Andrews can wait another day.

I tackled the emails, web items and cleared a few pics off my laptop at the same time.

The clock chimed in the background.

Oh wow, it’s 10 a.m.

Three emails just popped in, so I need to format those.

And guess what?

They all have attachments so that’s more pics to download, edit and add cutlines.

I’ll tackle them now.

By the way, where is the recorder?

Rudy Coggins is assistant editor of the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at rcoggins@mountolivetribune.com.


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