What if you scrapped your to-do list?

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So why this bizarre thought about scrapping the to-do list?

There’s a zen story that goes like this:

Do you feel that way sometimes?

See, I am the kind of person who is usually at peace, yet, of late, I find myself unable to avoid that hamster wheel — particularly on days when work piles up. Then it manifests in ways that is quite uncomfortable. Anxiety, stress, the lack of energy — all of it packed into a je-ne-sais-quois feeling (I don’t know what it is feeling)

So, time to take action.

I resolved to sleep earlier and spend my waking hours more productively.

Here’s my to-don’t list

Do not . . .

  • Be too busy to phone a friend, meet a friend
  • Sweat the small stuff — most of the time it won’t matter an hour from now!
  • Miss workouts. Non-negotiable!
  • Hold a grudge. Absolute no-no
  • Get stressed over things I have no control over. D’uh!
  • Carry emotional baggage. I am walking that off!
  • Postpone fun.
  • Hesitate to say no
  • Get talked into doing something I don’t want to do
  • Delay forgiveness
  • Put off doctor’s visits
  • Ignore health issues
  • Buy stuff I don’t need
  • Keep erratic mealtimes
  • Hoard — I’m well on the path to decluttering.
  • Consciously starting and ending my day listing three things I am grateful for.
  • Pausing to recharge. The digital detox works wonders for me. This includes minimal time on social media — on a timer.
  • Learning to sit still and enjoy my thoughts, without judgment.
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Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

Writing about Self Improvement, Mindfulness, Meditation, Parenting, Health, Travel, Life, Books. Showing my diabetes who’s boss. Visit: https://vidyasury.com