The To-Do List from Hell

I will admit, I’m one of those people that loves to-do lists. Crossing something off a list is like a little personal reward for good behavior. I’ll even go so far as to write down the things I’ve already done, just so I can cross them off. (No judgment, people!) With this information about me, one might assume that I would get some weird thrill at the prospect of identifying the many tasks that lay before us as we pack up our Chattanooga life and start this overseas trip. Unfortunately, I’ve realized that I actually only like TRIVIAL to-do lists. Things like Pick Up Dry Cleaning, Fold Laundry, Buy Toilet Paper – that’s my kind of list! Practically instant gratification for the person who loves crossing things off.

This massive, life-changing, “every-item-on-it-requires-extensive-decision-making-and-time-commitment” list is daunting to even the most fanatical of list-lovers. For instance, Fold Laundry has been replaced with Pack or Donate Every Scrap of Clothing We Own. And Pay Credit Card Bill never elicited the same apathetic sigh that comes with the new Research and Apply for Credit Card with No Foreign Transaction Fee. And don’t forget about Sell Furniture, Get International Cell Phone Plan, Research Homeschool Curricula….bluhhhhhh.

Over. Whelming.

And then….I FOUND TRELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Cue hallelujah chorus.) This web app is awesome! The list lovers dream! It’s a collaboration tool versatile enough to handle everything from major project management to daily chores, and it has definitely helped take the deer-in-highlights look off my face as we go into hard-core prep mode for the next chapter of our life. Thank you, Trello. Thank you for giving me my sanity back and making the next 3 weeks much more enjoyable for the people around me. Even though all of this stuff still has to get done, somehow it seems much less overwhelming when displayed on your streamlined, intuitive user interface. Let the task management begin!

About the Author

Tracey Carisch

Mom, wife, friend and change agent traveling the world with my family to learn our place in it. After spending a career in organizational change management and community initiative implementation, I put my career on hold for our family's trip around the world. In April of 2014 we sold almost everything we own, put the rest in a storage container, and departed on this journey. While my husband continued his software development work to financially support our trip, I planned and documented our adventure, homeschooled our three daughters, and found volunteer work opportunities for us to do in the communities we visit. Now that we've returned to the U.S., I'm completing book about our family's adventure and our lessons learned.

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  1. Ha! Love it! I’m excited to follow yall’s news! What a great idea, and absolutely life-altering for the sweet baby girls :~)

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