The To Do List

Mind and Muscle

Do you have a To Do List?

I do! I do! I’ll be the first one to admit I love to get things done. It makes me feel accomplished. I love checking things off my list!

I will also be the first one to admit that many times my To Do List is a major source of stress for me.

What about you?

It is typically the sheer number of items I put on my list and the time restraints I put on those items to get done that create the stress.

When I look at the list and it is too full it creates stress. And how does your body typically react to stress? By tightening and tensing. Not good for my posture or yours.

So I haven’t even started in on my To Do List and I am already overly tight and tense!

What to Do?

Well, since most of the time I am the one who has put the items on the list and chosen the time restraints I can also undo it.

Give this a try:

The next time you find yourself creating a To Do List allow yourself to initially make it as long as you want. Indulge yourself and put it all down!

Then categorize the things on your To Do List as either:

1) Have to Do Today or

2) Would Like To Get Done Today

If you are honest with yourself you will find that your Have to Do List is quite a bit shorter than your initial To Do List.

How do you feel when you think about doing the items on your newly formulated Have to Do List?

If you feel comfortable and looking at it is not making you overly tense, add one of the Would like to Get Done Today items to your list. Leave the rest for tomorrow or the next day.

Try this for a month and see if you still feel good about getting things done.

My guess is that you will enjoy doing your new To Do List a bit more and your body and your posture will thank you for it.

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