Ep 164: Creating a To-Don’t List
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Today Erika & I take a different approach to getting things done. Instead of sharing our thoughts on how to structure a To-Do list, we are talking today about creating a TO-DON’T LIST.
Yep, you heard me correctly! I was so sick and tired of thinking about all the things that I had to do, I decided to create a list of things that I have control over that I could eliminate from my day.
I set some ground rules:
1. It had to focus in one of two categories: RESPONSIBILITIES or RELATIONSHIPS
2. Whatever gets added needs to be SPECIFIC and describe the ACTION, rather than the FEELING.
So here’s a snapshot of what I came up with:
1. I will not look at my phone first thing in the morning or after 9pm / Instead I will establish more healthy habits of quiet time, meditation, reading, etc to start and end my day.
2. I will stop making my kid’s beds, put away laundry, empty dishwasher/ Instead I will empower them to own the process and set expectations of when it must be completed.
3. I will not stop what I am doing just because some asks. Instead I will look at my schedule and see how and when I can help
4. I will not check email after blank time (or I will only check email 3 times per day)/ Instead I will set boundaries around when I check and respond to email.
5. I will not beat myself up for not getting everything on my to-do list completed/Instead I will work on setting more manageable expectations by adding no more than 3 things to accomplish each day.
6. I will set goals for myself both personal and professional to help me to be the best version of myself.
1. I will limit the amount of time I spend on social media to x amount of time per day.
2. I will unfollow anyone who makes me feel badly or is argumentative.
3. I will not respond yes to every request without taking time to make sure it works with my schedule.
4. I will not go shopping when I am bored, instead I will fill that time proactively by reading a book, going for a walk or meeting up with a friend.
5. I will schedule down time for myself and the family once a week (doesn’t have to be all day, it can be dinner, or Friday night family game, etc.
6. I will not prioritize activities over spending time with my partner.
I encourage you to come up with your own TO-DON’T LIST and share it with a friend or accountability partner. We would love to encourage you, so feel free to take a pic and tag us on IG @simplyborganized or post it in our Facebook group This ORGANIZED Life Podcast.
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