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Get Organized Now! NEWSLETTER
By Maria Gracia
June 24, 2017

  Today's Feature

How Many TO DOs Do You Actually Want To Do?

Have a quick peek at your MASTER LIST and TO DO LIST (you do HAVE both of these lists, right?) and count up how many TO DOs are tasks/projects that you actually WANT to do.

Just as a reminder, a MASTER LIST is a long list of everything there is to be done, in no particular order or rank. A TO DO LIST is what you're planning to do TODAY...and that should have no more than 4 to 6 tasks. Whether I choose 4 or 6 depends on the complexity of the tasks and the length of time they'll take. Nothing else goes on the TO DO list until those 4-6 tasks are complete. This is how you can always get things accomplished, every single day, without fail.

Anyway, I was looking at my lists, and certainly everything on them is important. Some involve business tasks (like important writing projects and media interviews). Others include home tasks (like grocery shopping and driving my daughter to swim practice).

As I was transferring my 4 to 6 tasks from my MASTER LIST to my TO DO LIST, I realized that everything I pulled over today was a HAVE-TO...and not a WANT-TO.

Now, I'm not saying that any of the HAVE-TO tasks are that bad. It's not like I really dread doing any of them. It's just that none of these are tasks that would be on my list if I were making a WANT-TO LIST.

Don't get me wrong, I would love to ONLY have WANT-TOs on my list, but money doesn't grow on trees, my lotto ticket numbers haven't worked out in my favor yet, the house isn't go to clean itself, the fridge isn't going to fill get the idea.

But, what would be on my list if I had the time to do so? I'd love to get outside and read a bit. I'd enjoy contacting a friend just to chat awhile. I'd have fun making two unsweetened iced teas, 'to go', and sharing them in a peaceful park with my daughter. I'd like to scrapbook a photo layout or two for my memory books. I would like to try out a new recipe on the grill. There are more WANT-TOs, of course, but these are just a few I came up with.

A list that ONLY includes HAVE-TOs is exhausting to look at...and doesn't lend itself well to a balanced, enjoyable, fulfilling life.

In light of this, I chose one of today's HAVE-TO tasks and moved it back onto the MASTER LIST...for tomorrow...AND I chose one WANT-TO and moved that onto today's list.

I'm already feeling better about my list just by making that one tiny change, and I know at the end of the day, I'll be happy that I made the choice to do and complete something that made a positive and fun impact on my day.

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  TO DO This Week

Week Beginning June 24th

1. Forgive someone. Forgiveness Day is June 26th. Have you been holding a grudge against anyone? If so, use today to free yourself and someone else of this stronghold.

2. Vacuum under sofas and love seats...and under the seat cushions too. Actually move the furniture (get someone to help you if it's heavy) and vacuum underneath both. Return to position when you're done. Then, remove the seat cushions, remove any items (coins, toys, etc.), and vacuum using your handvac or brush attachment on your regular vacuum. Then, return the seat cushions to position.

3. Organize your medicine cabinet. It could get messy in there. Empty it out completely. Get rid of anything you're not using (be sure to safely dispose of any medicine that's expired...and realize that the bathroom isn't the best place to store medicine in the first place. It's too damp in there.) Wipe down the shelves to remove dust and debris. Return 'keepers' back, sorting into logical keeping toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash all in one spot.

4. Use up a gift card. Did you receive a gift card that you never used? Go to that store this week and get something you need. If you don't need anything at that store, consider re-gifting that card, donating it to an organization to be used as a fundraiser prize, or exchange it for another gift card or cash using an online gift card exchange program.

5. Make a recipe you found on Pinterest. So many folks 'pin' recipes they found on Pinterest, but never actually make one. If this sounds like you, break that pattern this week and give it a whirl. If you like it, keep it. If not, delete that pin.

  In Closing

Singing is my passion, my first love and the secret of my energy. Music to me is like finding my inner self, my soul. It gives me a great joy to see audiences enjoying with me. I have given my heart to singing. When I sing, I can feel romance in everything around me.
--Kailash Kher

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Maria Gracia
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