Wake Up and Stop It

(Post 4 of a 5-post series


Continuing my series on waking up to the life I want, I’ve come to point three of the four points that found me regarding how to wake up and have a good morning (and therefore perhaps an unstuck life). That’s the goal anyway.

So here I am at three. I think it’s my favorite Create a Not To Do list or a Wait List. What a great concept! I am free to put something on a “Don’t Do This” list.

Here is a recap of the point.

3. Create a “Not-to-Do” List, or a “Wait-List”
From inc.com
7 Ways to have a Truly Great Morning

“You know the distractions you should be avoiding, the ones that consistently suck time and energy out of your day? To avoid getting sidetracked make a list of them and keep it on your desk. Paired with your to-do list, you now have a double dose of focus and prioritization.”

As an added bonus, my friend and coach, Sage Grayson (at SageGrayson.com), has a great worksheet for figuring out what she calls a wait list–these are things you think you need to do (or don’t want to do) and you aren’t doing. Instead they are just staying on your list and you are wasting a lot of time and energy avoiding them. When you put them on a Wait List, you can get them off your plate and off your mind. Then in a month or so, you can review them and see if any of the items need to be added back to your list, or if they can be put off altogether. What a freeing concept! Here is the link to her post about it (which includes the free worksheet!)

This really helps in a lot of ways.

First, it helps prioritize the day. Sometimes I don’t really know what I should do first, but I’m pretty sure I know what I don’t need to worry about. Writing those things down helps clear them from my brain and allows me to have the room to think about what I do want to do.

Second, it makes me recognize how much I tend to procrastinate. Do I really need to watch the headlines on the news to have a good day? Really I don’t. It’s just a way to put off doing what needs to be done.

Third, it helps me clear my plate. I know that I’m trying to clean out the house. I know that I want to write a novel. I know that I want to paint the house. But I know I don’t have to do them today. I can put them on a wait list, or a do not do this list. Then I won’t forget about them, but I don’t have to do them today.

What a relief!

What kinds of things do you need to put on your wait list? Share in the comments below!

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