I am obsessed with getting my to-do list to zero. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
I totally understand that I am not going to get my to-do list to zero and it is just going to stay like that forever. That isn’t my goal. My goal is to clear out my to-do list on a regular basis, keeping it clear to allow space for new things to come into my life without the weight of old tasks from like three months ago. Or even three weeks ago.
Reading through Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks has helped me more clearly shape my perspective on clearing my to-do list while allowing ideas of new things to do to come into my life.
What My To-Do List Means To Me
My to-do list used to be a thing of complete dread, shackling me from enjoying life because I felt so behind all the time. I couldn’t see getting out from under the pile of stuff, no matter what I did. Not a good thing.
Today I am still working at chipping away at a few remaining tasks from several months ago, but I can see that my dream of having a regularly cleared to-do list is within reach. I am so excited about that every day!
I see my various to-do lists as simply a system of reminding myself what to do next, so I don’t have to store all that information in my brain. To-do lists are meant to liberate us from the constant cycle of remembering and forgetting things that still need to be done.
My goal for my to-do list is for it to eventually hold only items to do that I feel purposefully passionate about. I want my life to transform so that everything I do feels on purpose and exciting. I get all tingly just thinking about that!
Where Our Dreams Fit In
I have had a longtime dream of writing fiction. I have several ideas (as I am sure any fiction writer does), and in the past I have allowed myself to get overwhelmed not only by my quest to get things done, but by all my dreams on top of that. When will I have time to work a full-time job, take care of my personal life, create a successful blog, and create a successful young adult novel? I worried.
Reading Ask and It Is Given has completely taken that worry out of my life, which I had been trying to let go of over the past few months anyway. I have gone back and forth with my tactics to try to figure out how to get it all done, from getting up at 4 a.m. on the weekdays to staying up until 2 a.m. on the weekends, and trying to allocate at least twenty minutes a day to my various pursuits, only to become discouraged when the end of the day came and I had written not a single word.
I now understand that the most important thing is how I feel. Obviously there is action required on my part, but worry isn’t part of the success equation. Releasing the worry and feeling good allows me to see what lies before me more clearly.
I no longer worry that I have ideas to write five different books but no time to write them (or not enough courage to write them).
I understand that it is not only okay, but simply who I am to have plenty of ideas that will come true in my life with the right kind of attention. And I don’t have to worry whether or not they will. Just knowing that lifts a huge weight out of my life.
Our Dreams Are Who We Are
Isn’t it cool to think that what you want wants you? That the world needs your gifts even more than you need to express them? We are our dreams. That is who we really are, and who we are really meant to be.
Getting things done is my gateway to living the life of my dreams. Productivity begets personal freedom in my book. So my to-do lists are my flashlight, guiding me through a dark tunnel as I try to figure out what I am doing. They keep me on track, as I gently remind myself that it’s okay if everything isn’t done perfectly or in perfect time.
Not too long ago, I couldn’t have even imagined finding a peaceful place of balance in my quest for getting things done and achieving my dreams. But I can now see that it doesn’t have to be so hard. Each moment is drawing a better future closer, and feeling good in those moments activates the whole process that much more speedily.
What’s your big dream? Please share your thoughts!