Consider the “to do” list-

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I am a list maker. Not because I want to be; it happens to be a tool/exercise that really helps me get things out of my head, remember what I need & want to do.

There are times that I look at the list and just feel overwhelmed, annoyed, demoralized and dissatisfied – even when I have crossed several things off of it!
So, recently in a discussion about goal setting and self care a very smart friend of mine shared a new way to handle prioritizing the items on my list-

Commit to doing 3 things on the list. The conditions of the three things that should be selected:

One thing that has been looming. That thing that just has been hanging on and you keep putting it off until that “other thing” gets done. Then that “other thing” gets done and switched out for something else, and the looming thing is still on the list. Get the looming thing off the list so it isn’t looming any more.

One that will get something moving forward. It might not get done all the way, but you can clearly get the ball rolling on it. (Schedule the mammogram, ob/gyn, colonoscopy, dentist, eye dr appointment!! You don’t have to go today or tomorrow. Set the date; that is moving in the right direction.)

One thing that will give you JOY. YES!! If there is nothing on your list that fills this requirement ADD IT. You are more important than your list. Do something for yourself! That third thing is the gift you give to yourself for getting something done, and getting something moving. And it is just good for you.

Thanks Noelle Celeste for you wonderfulness!!
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  • no profile photo CD5500762
    3031 days ago
    Love the crossing off part!
    Just read something the other day about making a list of the things you have accomplished...Now that is really a symptom of list-maker's syndrome emoticon !
    3033 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13130107
    I am with you. Got to make a list of all that needs to be done, whether it's at work, what i need to do when i get home, what chores need to be accomplished over the weekend, whatever the case may be. There is a certain level of JOY that I feel when the list is done and I can enjoy the time that is left to do whatever else I may enjoy. I am trying to teach my kids the same philosophy - the chores need to be done before the fun stuff. They each have their daily list, weekly list, etc. that must be completed before they can watch, play video games, or get on the computer. I think it's a great way to teach them to be responsible adults.
    3033 days ago
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