Ever since my migraines started, I’ve been addicted to “To Do Lists.” Not only do I have to make a daily list, but a monthly list as well.
During bad days, I write down anything I can on my list to make me feel like I’ve accomplished something, like “empty dishwasher” or “scoop the kitty litter box.”
This weekend, I was trying to figure out why these lists make me feel better. I think it's because they make me feel as if I'm in control of something.
Frequently, I'm plagued with “I’m forgetting something” thoughts, especially during the weekend, when I feel I’m forgetting something all the time. The level of importance doesn't matter to my brain. It can be anything from filing a rough finger nail to paying the rent.
In addition, I think it combats the “I can’t get anything done anymore" blues as well. I remember a time when I was working full time, taking three college classes a term at night, taking care of myself and having a social life. Now it's all I can do to work and take care of myself.