I have made a discovery: I can't finish a "to-do" list when it comes to house cleaning. Why? For whatever reason, my brain is afraid of having free time that is REAL free time. I am excellent at procrastinating, I can spend hours avoiding the things I need to get done! But get those things done and have free time with no pressure to be doing something else, heaven forbid such a thing! I had been thinking I was just lazy, but there is more to it than that. When I get going, I am a force to be reckoned with.
Perhaps it is that I expect too much of myself, and to fail because I didn't try seems to be easier to live with than failing because I did everything I could (and I do mean EVERYTHING) and failed to get done anyhow. So I work at the list, but not as hard as I could because then I know why I failed, instead of wondering why I failed and wondering if I will ever be able to finish what I start.
It is time to revamp the "to-do" list! I shall have to think on this a bit (while folding laundry, which needs folding rather badly) and shall post my findings as soon as I have a plan!