In Others’ Words: Friday


“Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.”

~Author Unknown

Ain’t it the truth?

I tend to evaluate the week by what I haven’t accomplished. I look at my To Do list and see all that’s left undone.

The result: frustration.

Maybe I need to put a warning label at the top of my list. Something like:

WARNING: It is highly unlikely you will accomplish everything on this list.

And then I should celebrate what I do accomplish. And not be surprised when there are things left undone.

It’s Friday. My week hasn’t gone exactly as I planned. But Then again, it never does. But thanks to this quote, I’ve decided that’s OK.

In Your Words: Did you get everything you wanted to get done by Friday? If so, congratulations! If not, what are you letting go as we head into the weekend?


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  1. October 21, 2011, 6:18 am   /  Reply

    I usually get most of my to-do list done by the end of Saturday but never Friday. I have an idea…Maybe at the end of the week, we should write all the things we crossed off our list. And if it’s longer than the things we DIDN’T get done, we should have a celebration. 🙂

    Have a great weekend, Beth!

    • Beth Vogt
      October 21, 2011, 7:24 am   /  Reply

      Sarah: I think any way we can celebrate it is a good idea!! Have a great weekend too!

  2. October 21, 2011, 6:24 am   /  Reply

    That is hysterical. Thanks for that quote that puts a happy vitamin jolt in my day.
    Jennie’s here & we’re off later to SC–but thinking of you.

    • Beth Vogt
      October 21, 2011, 7:23 am   /  Reply

      That’s why I like the quote too, Dee! It made me smile about not getting it all done. 🙂 Enjoy the writers retreat!

  3. October 21, 2011, 6:27 am   /  Reply

    Wow, I never get through my To-Do list, I just re-prioritize.

    • Beth Vogt
      October 21, 2011, 7:22 am   /  Reply

      I think that’s what we all need to learn to do, Keiki: Cross off what we’ve accomplished (celebrate a little) and re-prioritize.

  4. Jeanne T
    October 21, 2011, 6:29 am   /  Reply

    I’d never heard that quote before. I’d love to have a Friday to do the things on my to-do list. The items yet to be crossed out on mine are too many to number. So, I’ll do what can today and deal with those that don’t get done later. I will enjoy my family this weekend. I guess the grocery shopping can’t wait till too much later though. 🙂 Thanks for the post. 🙂

    • Beth Vogt
      October 21, 2011, 7:21 am   /  Reply

      Enjoy your Fri-day! 😉

  5. October 21, 2011, 7:31 am   /  Reply

    Probably not. I lost track somewhere along the way. I have nasty blisters from picking away at our kitchen floor and I reached a delirious state yesterday. I guess you could say I dive into projects and stick with them until they are finished. But I let a lot of the little to-do stuff go (and don’t even count it most of the time).
    ~ Wendy

    • Beth Vogt
      October 21, 2011, 8:56 am   /  Reply

      My friend, get up off that floor and take care of those blisters, ‘k? Persevering is a good thing … but blisters are not!

  6. October 21, 2011, 8:21 am   /  Reply

    Maybe once upon a time I completed my to-do list by Friday…but it’s a hazy memory at best. However, I’m learning to set more realistic goals for myself and discerning when I need to a) push harder at productivity or b) just let it go already! 🙂

    Regardless, I looooove Fridays!

    • Beth Vogt
      October 21, 2011, 8:58 am   /  Reply

      I love Fridays too, Melissa, no matter what the To Do list looks like. Fridays are a marker in and of themselves … a time to say “the week’s finished” and to look forward to some down time!

  7. October 21, 2011, 12:19 pm   /  Reply

    I’m sure there is some cleaning to do, but I’ll let that go. I try to get as much laundry done on Fridays, so we don’t have to mess with it over the weekend. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Beth Vogt
      October 21, 2011, 3:59 pm   /  Reply

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend too. And I’m with you: No laundry on weekends if I can help it! 🙂

  8. October 21, 2011, 12:27 pm   /  Reply

    I reached The End of my current story on Tuesday and planned to use the rest of the week to muck out my house, which it desperately needed. However, due to a severe reaction to the Tdap shot (tetanus/whopping cough) I got during a routine physical on Wednesday, I was laid low due to a severe reaction. I’m starting to feel better, but I’ve had to accept the fact that I didn’t make a dent in my list. Oh, well. Some weeks are like that. Next week is coming, and I have a hunch it will be far more productive.

    • Beth Vogt
      October 21, 2011, 3:59 pm   /  Reply

      So sorry to hear you had such a severe reaction, Keli. It sounds to me you did the most important thing: Got better. Take it easy, my friend.

  9. Pat
    October 21, 2011, 3:11 pm   /  Reply

    Love that quote about Robinson Crusoe…and yes, there’s something about Friday closing the door on the week. Had never really thought about it, but decided you’re right. lol great post!

    • Beth Vogt
      October 21, 2011, 4:00 pm   /  Reply

      I’m keeping this quote handy to help me keep a perspective on life. 🙂

  10. October 23, 2011, 1:51 pm   /  Reply

    There should be two fridays, I think. (That is better than two wednesdays, right?)
    I just read someone’s post (Mary’s Heart in a Martha’s World) on the same topic. She reminds us that God didn’t get it all done in one day either. Focus less on to-do and more on today! Check it out –


    • Beth Vogt
      October 23, 2011, 2:28 pm   /  Reply

      Can’t wait to your your insights, Jodi. Thanks for sharing.

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