If your December to-do list is longer than your usual to-do list, consider a trade. I’m not suggesting you give up everything you have to-do, but perhaps there is a way to finish the year prioritizing what you love. You might be thinking, “She’s crazy, I have too much to do.” I get it. It’s hard to admit, but I have too much to do right now too. With my new book coming out the day after Christmas, on top of regular stuff and holiday stuff, I have book stuff too. Still, that can’t be an excuse to put off what I love.
When we dismiss what we love, we slowly lose ourselves. We lose our curiosity, our drive, our soft side, and the ability to remember what makes us smile.
How to trade your to-do list for a love list
Step one: EDIT
Ruthlessly cull your to-do list. Take a good hard look at what’s on your to-do list. What can wait until next year? What can you delegate? What’s never going to happen? Edit your list until only the things that really need to happen or really will happen remain.
Step two: DREAM
Make a cup of tea or your favorite cuddle up beverage. Grab a pen and a notebook and start a new list.
- all the things you wish you had done this year.
- anything you are curious about trying but have been too scared/busy/distracted to look into.
- things you look forward to doing.
- your favorite things (that aren’t really things).
- what you can’t not smile about.
These things you write down could be anything from dinner at your favorite restaurant or hosting a potluck dinner to bungee jumping or sky diving. Or maybe your dreaming is a little more in the middle like mine … candlelight yoga practice, catch up call with best girlfriends, watch The Holiday, write, plan a spring trip with no internet.
What I’m trying to say is you can’t do this wrong. You love what you love.
Step three: LOVE LIST
Pick 1-3 items from your dream list and start your love list. Schedule them for this year. If they take more time, schedule at least one small step for each to get started this year. Once your top 1-3 are accomplished, add more from your dream writing, or dream up more love stories for your love list. As you move into the new year, keep love at the top of all of your lists.
We can’t put off what we love in the name of our never-ending to-do lists. Let’s get back to love.
The closet make-under contest (where I come to your house, help you clean out your closet and take you to lunch) ends in less than a week on December 16th. If you live in the US and are interested, please enter this week. More details here.
We’ve finalized the Soulful Simplicity Book Tour. If you are considering experiences over stuff for gifts this year, and live in one of the following cities, spend an evening with a friend or client you love at one of the following events. Each ticket includes a hardcover copy of Soulful Simplicity, presentation, Q & A and book signing. You can also use your tour ticket as receipt to enter the closet make-under contest.
- Salt Lake City 1/4/2018 | TICKETS
- Minneapolis 1/8/2018 | TICKETS
- Boston 1/11/2018 | TICKETS
- NYC 1/15/2018 | TICKETS
- Washington DC 1/16/2018 | TICKETS
- Tampa 1/18/2018 | TICKETS
- Atlanta 1/22/2018 | TICKETS
- Seattle 2/5/2018 | TICKETS
- Los Angeles 2/7/2018 | TICKETS
- San Diego 2/12/2018 | TICKETS
- Dallas 2/15/2018 | TICKETS
- Austin 2/16/2018 | TICKETS