General Thoughts on Life

Killing the To-Do List

The dreaded to-do list. We all have them. We all hate them. (Unless you’re one of those weird people who get things done. *hiss*)

The idea seems good at first. You make a list and you have the satisfaction of checking things off as you do them. To-do lists are things we have intentions of doing, things we need to do, must do. We tell ourselves the list will motivate us.

But let’s be honest. There are always things on your list that you never get to. They sit there, staring at you. It doesn’t matter how many things you checked off, you’re going to be haunted by the undone item. Or maybe your day didn’t go as planned and nothing got checked off.

There are always things on your list that you never get to.

You feel like you accomplished nothing. But what really happened is you did do many things that were important, they just weren’t on your list. You did the dishes. You made meals. You spent time talking with a friend or reading a book. You played with your kid. You helped your mom figure out how to use Facebook. Again.

Take time to absorb how you actually spent your time.

I think it would be a great idea to skip a to-do list and only keep a have-done list. At the end of the day, recount the things that you did do. There are no undone items on this list, only the things that you finished.  Take time to absorb how you actually spent your time. Let yourself feel that those completed tasks were enough, that you did accomplish things.

Much better on the psyche.

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