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A Simplified Guide to Undoing the To-Do List

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I’m a list maker.

Give me a task, a job, a day and I’ll make a list.

Maybe even a spreadsheet.

Possibly color-coded.

I’ve always found lists comforting, a way to organize and categorize the chaos, and--I’m not gonna lie--I simply love crossing things off.

The problem with lists, though, is that they quickly become unwieldy.

Items get added without regard to what’s already there.

Without mind to time.

Or reality.

Or to what matters most.

This used to be me: I’d make lists.

Long lists.

Then I’d go about trying to check things off, all the while adding more.

Always more.

Stuck in the cycle of never done, never enough.

Every day ending with an uncompleted list.

Then one day I (finally) realized that I was the one making the lists.

So here’s what I did: I stopped creating impossible lists.

Instead of the never-ending, I focus on three.

Writing just three priorities each day--for work, for family, and for myself.

The prioritizing?

Now that's the hard part.

But also, the good part.

Because the end of the day doesn’t mean a list of things that didn’t get done.

Instead it means a short list of what mattered, plus lots of letting go of what doesn’t.

What would it look like if you reframed your lists?

Less piling it on.

More peeling back.

Doing less to feel more.

Undoing the to-do.

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    A Simplified Guide to Avoid Falling Off the Wellness Wagon

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    A Simplified Guide to Avoid Falling Off the Wellness Wagon

    Let’s talk about the health wagon for a minute. Are you familiar?

    A simplified guide to avoid falling off the wellness wagon. Read on for more on how to ditch the wagon and practice gentle. #feelgoodeffect #realfoodwholelife #wellness #healthy #gentleisthenewperfect #practicegentle

    I’m not sure I can define this elusive wagon for you exactly, but I do know it’s something people feel like they can fall off of.

    Especially this time of year.

    This time of year with short days, long nights, and cold.

    This time of year of parties, family, friends, drinks, sweets, and all the rest.

    This time of year some of us think we’ve fallen all the way off the wagon.

    And once off the wagon, we might as well just spiral down into a black hole of indulgence.

    A hole that we think we can only dig out of come January.

    I admit that I know the wagon mindset well.

    It’s the all-or-nothing, I’ve-already-ruined-it, might-as-well-start-over-monday mindset that’s been in my back pocket over the years, ready to pull out when life gets hard or the days get dark.

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      It always starts innocently enough.

      Cheese + wine with friends, followed by skipping a workout in favor of coffee and donuts with the family (dad, I blame you for the donuts).

      These were, and are, indulgences that I consider worth it.

      And I don’t think it’s these that are a problem.

      I think the problem is the wagon.

      Thinking that a few worth-it splurges automatically equal a month-long shame spiral.

      Buying into the all-or-nothing health lie that you have to do it perfectly.

      The lie that if you miss a few days (or weeks) or eat gluten, or (god-forbid) sugar then that’s it, you might as well give up, because you are OFF THE WAGON.

      As for me, I’ve moved on.

      Life is not a wagon.

      It’s simply a series of days, filled with beautiful opportunities to make choices.

      To choose to take care of myself and nurture my body, mostly with energizing whole food, tons of water, meditation, mindfulness, and plenty of movement.

      But also, importantly, sometimes pie.

      And always, always, a whole lot of gentle.

      So this month, here is my invitation to you: find your special, and embrace your splurges.

      But feel free to go ahead and ditch the wagon.

      Each day is yours.

      Independent, beautiful opportunities full of choices that are yours to make.

      Have fun.

      Ditch the wagon.

      Be love.

      Practice gentle.

      #gentleisthenewperfect

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      How to Prioritize When Everything Is Important

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      Want a simple way to prioritize when everything seems important? Read on for the simple strategy that will help you prioritize with purpose.

      Here’s a simple way to prioritize when everything seems important. The secret? To prioritize with purpose and process. #realfoodwholelife #productivity #organization #intention #mindful #mindfulliving

      Prioritize with Purpose

      You know that feeling when you’ve got a to-do list is a mile long, and it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done?

      You know, that feeling when everything seems important, and there’s absolutely no way you can possibly fit it all in?

      Yeah, that feeling is totally normal.

      Between work, family, chores, and taking care of wellness, the feeling of never-ending, never-enough, done can creep up quickly.

      The worst part?

      The longer the list, the more overwhelming the whole thing starts to seem, and the less likely it is that you’ll be able to focus in and get anything done.

      Here’s the good news: there is a simple way to prioritize when everything seems important.

      The secret? To prioritize with purpose and process.

      To take that crazy to-do list and run it through a filter that will allow you to prioritize what actually matters, and that will set you on a sustainable path toward your goals.

      It all starts by asking a simple set of questions. Here’s how it works.

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        5 Key Questions

        1. Which tasks are intentional and meaningful?

        Take each item on your to-do list, one-by-one, and ask yourself if doing the task has any real meaning to you.

        Is is something with significance, that truly matters?

        Is it something that’s connected to your “why,” or your overall values?

        If the answer is yes, then keep it one your list.

        If the answer is no, move onto the next question.

        2. Which tasks are not intentional or meaningful?

        Using a critical eye, examine those items on your list that aren’t intentional or meaningful.

        There are often those items that you think you should do, rather than what really has meaning to you.

        Or there are the items related to others’ expectations or demands, but that don’t align with your life and values.

        Once you find these non-purposeful items, go ahead and ditch them, or at the very least, move them to the bottom of the list.

        3. Which tasks help to create a sustainable path forward?

        Think in terms incremental forward progress here.

        Does the items connect to a bigger goal or plan?

        Is it laid out in a way that allows you to take baby steps, to create momentum, to sustain effort over time?

        If so, keep the item on your list!

        Here’s a simple way to prioritize when everything seems important. The secret? To prioritize with purpose and process. #realfoodwholelife #productivity #organization #intention #mindful #mindfulliving

        4. Which tasks are without process?

        Take a close look at the items left.

        This is the stuff that generally fills our days.

        The busy work, the stuff that is more for other people than for our own values, the time wasters, the distractions.

        If the item isn’t leading you to where you want to be, in a way that’s incremental, then go ahead and take it off the list.

        5. How can I repeat and refine?

        Now keep coming back to these questions again and again.

        Ask which items have purpose and process.

        Then work on prioritizing these.

        When you apply these questions it becomes clear that everything is not actually equally important, and that some things matter more than others.

        Start your day with the purpose and process items, or take them on when you have the most energy.

        Then be okay with letting the rest go, or at least letting them fall to to the bottom of the list.

        More purpose, more process, more focus on really matters.

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        Here’s a simple way to prioritize when everything seems important. The secret? To prioritize with purpose and process. #realfoodwholelife #productivity #organization #intention #mindful #mindfulliving