Are you running a “Things to do deficit?”
Like a gerbil on a wheel – Running running running running and not getting anywhere?
In fact, you might even have a list of lists . . . Of course we’ve got our list for home and for work and for hobby and for “Honey-do” and . . .
Conceivably, we could all have HUNDREDS of things to do and buy and people to see and call and places to go RIGHT NOW!
Mind boggling, isn’t it?
I hereby give you permission NOT to complete your list.
When we enslave ourselves to our lists, we risk losing sight of what’s important . . . We forget our mission and abandon our passion and relegate those to being things we’ll get around to doing and enjoying once the dust settles from all of this busyness.
The problem is that those lists are relentlessly insatiable.
The lists don’t care that they are sucking the life out of you.
Even as we complete things on our lists, more things show up . . . a self perpetuating attention sponge.
Here’s how to get a grip on this madness.
- Begin with remembering WHY. Begin every day with this perspective and pledge to honor it throughout the day.
- With your Why in mind, focus on ONLY the things that matter first.
- Give yourself permission not to complete your list every day.
- When you don’t complete your list today, look at the things that you didn’t get done and seriously consider whether or not to “Roll them over” to tomorrow’s list.
- Ask yourself if these undone things need to be done at all . . . or can they be delegated our outsourced?
- Life’s too short to let your lists be your destiny.