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I’m a compulsive list-maker. I have a to-do list for every day, week, and month. I even have a fanciful one for life goals. My lists are often unrealistic and even impossible to accomplish. And yet I never learn from my mistakes.

This cartoon has been a long-time favorite because it’s such a perfect distillation of the way I struggle with trying to keep myself organized and productive.

To Do List (c) Shannon Wheeler

Today and tomorrow I’m participating in an academic workshop hosted in my own town, with friends from France and across the US. I’m excited to be hanging out with these smart, interesting people for a couple of days. But then it’s back to my everyday to-do lists.