How long is that to-do list of yours? 2 pages? 20 items? How many times have you made pRoMises to your loved ones that as soon as your list is marked off then life will be better and you will be able to FINALLY give them your full attention?
Having lists can be a good thing. I am a list person. But, I’ve learned that how you HANDLE your list all comes down to how you LOOK at your list. Do you really think that once you check off every item your “to do’s” will be obsolete? We all know that as soon as the LIST is complete, the next page is already full of new tasks to work on.
Folding clothes, cleaning out the car or running errands will always be the norm, but does that mean I have to get them all accomplished today? No! Some things are more pressing than others, but if we truly eXamiNe our lists we will realize that most things can be pushed off until later. Doesn’t your list contain mostly materialistic things anyway? Is that really worth stressing over? Last I knew you can’t take those things with you to eternity, so why fret?!
If you are getting overwhelmed by having a continuous to-do list, change yor way of thinking. Treat your list as a GUIDE to keep you on track with things you want to accomplish. Don’t allow it to be something that weighs you down because you haven’t marked it off yet. More importantly, if you spend more time doing the things that matter most—time with family, quiet time, etc—there is no reason to feel bad about putting off your materialistic “to-dos”. Shouldn’t those be the items as the top of your daily to-do list anyway?