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Keeping the Right To-Do List

by fivesimplethings on June 3rd, 2010

Last week, I couldn’t sleep because travel had thrown my body clock off.   This week, I’m having trouble sleeping for another reason.  As we head into summer, the list of things needing to get accomplished seems overwhelming.  I have a desire to throw off the pressing things around me so that I can mimic the carefree attitude of summers past.  However, the act of casting out my problems and concerns has become stressful in itself.

If you’re like me, you can get caught up in a cycle of worry that just feeds on fear.  What if something doesn’t get done?  What if that conversation goes poorly?  What if we aren’t able to close that deal?  What if?  What if? What if?

One of the reasons I’ve tried to become so focused on the four simple things I need to accomplish everyday is that it forces me to sort through what I am trying to do because of worry rather than out of necessity.  If I limit what I am trying to get done, I’m required to center on what matters most.

When you can’t sleep, start discarding the things you can’t change or the things that are simply irritants to accomplishing your goals.  Focus on what you CAN do.  The problems will still be there in the morning.  However, you’ll have a roadmap for  accomplishing things that matter.

What are the unnecessary things you are worrying about?  Take them off your to do list. Let me know in the comments section or on twitter with the hashtag #fivesimplethings.

-John Tolsma

From Do, Simplify

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