Yes I like lists. Lists are good. But, lists can feel like a burden. Sometimes items joining the list outpace our ability to accomplish the tasks. The lists keep growing.
While having lunch with someone close, we started to talk of lists. Our many lists. Our volumes of lists.
The paper list at work, the paper list in my office, the lists on my phone (which includes 10 ongoing lists), the list I made in my FIELD NOTES, and the new list that I just created that day during my super-secret-bonus day.
They provided a piece of advice.
“That is why I have a Today list.”
“What is a Today list?”
“It is a list where I just take a few items that I need or want to accomplish today, and put it on this small list. Then I go accomplish these few items.”
“Brilliant. I need to write that on my list (of potential blog ideas).”
Life and lists can feel a little overwhelming. The weight of all those pages and entries can crush us.
There was something incredibly freeing about taking a moment and making one more list.
Just a few items.
Just what I need or want to accomplish today.
The Today List. Brilliant.
During a conversation with some friends at a local juice shop, we were talking about making time for various things.
Time to get together.
Time to ourselves.
Time to work on that book, project, or idea.
Time to give to other organizations.
Since the calendar is such a great way to plan, I spoke up with some advice about making and scheduling that time.
“Just put in on your calendar so you can plan around it.”
Immediately, another spoke up and provided a better phrase. A better mindset. A shift in thinking. The words provided the kind of shift that wakes you up, resonates, and changes your world.
“Put it on your calendar so you can plan WITH IT.”
To plan with these events incorporates them into our lives.
To plan around these events almost makes them separate from us, and more of a burden.
This idea hit home recently when trying to get time on the calendar with a couple that is close to us. The past months have felt more like trying to plan around everything else. Last night I was reminded of the juice shop conversation. We are going to pick some days and place them in the calendar. Not to plan around these events, but to plan with our lives.