17 Jan Rethinking the To-Do List
I don’t usually look back at what I’ve written in my journal. As I was about to turn the page before going to sleep, my eyes caught a glimpse of what I’d written that morning.
- Three things I’m grateful for
- Three most essential tasks for the day
- Other tasks that aren’t as important
Writing down the above is a relatively new practice I’ve incorporated into my morning routine. While it does help set an intention for the day, I didn’t realize how powerful it would be to look back at what I’d written once the day was done.
I got two out of three essential tasks done, and most of the rest. I guess I couldn’t finish the job.
Does that mean it was an unsuccessful day? I thought about the parts of my day I didn’t prepare for. It’s the time between the to-do’s that make life worth living.
I walked outside three times and felt the warm energy of the sun. I became a part of nature.
I did my best to lift others up who maybe needed it more than I’ll ever know.
I breathed as deeply as I possibly could and listened to the birds outside the window. I became the air.
Time stopped when I put food into my body; I tasted sweet and salty; my mouth came alive. I felt the gift of nature become a part of me.
I thought; I changed.
I stopped moving for a moment and marveled at the stars.
I overcame self-doubt and truly felt the reaction in my body when my spirit lifted and the pressure eased. I felt present, knowing I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.
Knocking off to-dos makes us feel productive. But maybe we can focus on reaching an emotion, a feeling, or having an experience every day, too.