Ways to Decrease Your “To-Do” List

We all have a “To Do List,” don’t we, Dear Reader?  Some of us literally have a notebook in which we write everything down we must accomplish for the day. That’s me!  And some of us keep a mental list in our heads. That’s my husband! Most of us would probably agree, we are looking for ways to pare down our never-ending “To Do Lists.”  I want to give credit where credit is due. My favorite Podcast and Radio Personality, Brant Hansen, gave me the initial idea, but after that I took it and ran with it. So here it is, Dear Reader: some ideas I’ve had to try to help myself not be so busy.  Maybe you too, will find a few ways to lighten your load.

  1. I don’t have to spend time judging other people.  (Brant gave me that idea.)
  2. I don’t have to spend time trying to control others.  I’ve found not trying to control my adult daughter at every turn has especially freed up a lot of time. And soon I’ll have virtually little control over my son, too. I’m already planning all the other worthwhile tasks in life I will be able to accomplish with my extra time.
  3. I don’t have to spend time campaigning to God that He can’t do this whole earth-thing without me.  He can. Quite easily.
  4. I don’t have to spend time worrying. In full disclosure (and perhaps ironically) the wreck kind of just knocked the majority of worry right out of my life.  
  5. I don’t have to spend time being displeased with or resenting others. Interestingly, I’m doing a quasi-case-study on one of the most resentful people I’ve ever met. I pray for the individual multiple times per day and it actually makes being around this individual semi-bearable, because even though I know that person is not cheering for me, I truly am cheering for that person.
  6. I don’t have to spend time feeling sorry for myself.  After a tragedy, people allow you to use that card and often even encourage you to play it. When I’ve played it, it’s not done one thing to make my day any better.
  7. I don’t have to spend time making it look like I have it all together.  My house is put together, tidy, and clean. That’s the only thing in my life that’s “put-together.”  I am not! And people can spot it a mile away so I might as well be honest.
  8. I don’t have to spend time trying to please everyone.  I need to please God and then my husband, in that order.  I hope to make others pleased, but I can’t lose sleep if I don’t.
  9. I don’t have to spend time on obtaining my wants in life.  Obtaining what I truly need takes enough time.
  10. And finally, I don’t have to spend time worrying that I’m making mistakes.  Of course I’m making mistakes! And I serve a big, gracious God who forgives me for them if only I ask Him.  

And so, Dear Reader, in a world where busyness seems to increase I’m trying to decrease my busyness.  Maybe you feel the same way.

Until the next Wednesday the Lord allows.