Outdoors: Prioritize your list of chores
by Charles Johnson
Jan 30, 2014 | 770 views |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Deer and football season are almost over. Soon I will be out of excuses. My “honey-do” list has grown quicker than weeds in a summer food plot. The paper list is yellow and aged but somehow new tasks and assignments have found their way into the mix.

Paper lists should be avoided at all costs. They can be a cruel reminder of how long some items have remained on the list. A technical method of “honey-do” listing would be with a computerized calendar. A wife somewhere has invented an app for “honey-do” lists. Chores can be added to the list and flagged in an order of importance.

Here is an example. With deer season ending today — which reminds me I need to get my tree stands off of the club — important tasks like stand removal, washing camo clothes and gun cleaning can be easily added. These items are much more important than say cleaning out the garage or throwing out old hunting and fishing magazines.

With an easy app generated task list, primary chores can be highlighted for ease of selection. While tree stand retrieval can wait a few days or even weeks, maybe all the way into turkey season, gun cleaning should be near the top of the list and therefore the closet cleaning moves near the bottom. Are you following me on this?

Here is another example of how the electronic list can work in your favor. Since you will already have the cleaning stuff out for your firearms, you might as well go ahead and add the fishing reels. Fishing reel cleaning gets a high importance flag since it’s time to start fishing. Garage cleaning moves to the bottom. Unless you have to clean out the garage and put away the Christmas decorations to get your boat out to go fishing.

See this list is constantly changing and the more important the chore the higher up the list you can tag it. Since we mentioned the boat, it will need some attention as well. I am certain that can of Vienna sausages will still be good for another couple of months. Batteries, bearings and bilges will need to be checked and inspected. And don’t forget to add tackle storage arranging near the top of the list.

Considering the fishing tackle sorting, this would be a good time to add the much needed and latest models of lures. Go ahead and include line and baits to the list for a visit to the tackle shop. And of course don’t neglect the PFDs. Rain suits, jackets, hats and other foul weather gear need to be on the list.

We probably need to split this into two lists. But, not to fret. The app can most likely prioritize each list. The older chores that are not completed, like the closet cleaning or furniture re-arranging can be tagged for a time out. After a certain time on the list they are removed from the list. That way the list appears to be getting shorter. This is working out better than I had planned.

But, looking at the calendar, Valentine’s Day is not that far off. I better flag some of the other chores closer the top or I might have to clean out the garage for a place to sleep.

Charles Johnson is the Star’s outdoor editor. You can reach Charles at ChrJohn7@aol.com
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