Happy New Year friends! Is the adorable floral print notebook you got for Christmas already filled with lists? Well, mine is. If I had to guess, these lists are probably made up of things to accomplish in 2017 and goals to meet before 2018 rolls around.
Aside from my New Year’s list, my notebook is also filled with to-do lists, grocery lists, upcoming events lists, and even a list of my lists. Okay, just kidding but sometimes I feel like I need one! I love and absolutely need organization in my life, but there are times when I need to let go of my lists and live a little more.
Admittedly, my lists make me feel safe and focused. There have been times recently where I wish I didn’t need my lists so much. In the spirit of #newyearnewme here is, ironically, a list of lists to stop making:
1. PRO & CON
Stop writing pro and con lists. Looking back at all the pro and con lists I have made, they never were the deciding factor in my major decisions. Sure, it is always good to look at the positive and negative side of a situation to ensure the right one is made. This applies to making pro and con lists for your potential significant others ladies! Try praying about the situation or decision instead of making a pro and con list. Let God help guide your discernment!
Put down that pen and stop writing to-do lists! Sounds crazy right? I try so hard to get everything done on my to-do list as fast as I can, only to start another one. I am the queen of to-do lists but most of the time they end up stressing me out. They are a constant reminder of how overwhelming life can be. Just know the world is not going to end when you stop making to-do lists, and you will still get everything done! So maybe it is not practical for you to get rid of to-do lists altogether. I get it, but try prioritizing your lists so things that need to get done most, not first, are at the top.
3. TO START
Things to start … a classic New Year list. Instead of writing down all the things you want to start doing, actually do them. Or if you are not ready to start something that requires planning, like launching a blog, make a HOW to start list. This will encourage you to start some of those things you have been wanting to do for years!
Whether you rethink your lists or even stop relying on them as much, God is in control of everything. Like many of you, lists make me feel in control. The good news, although hard for me to accept, is that we are not in control anyways.
If you are looking to prioritize your to-do list check out this free daily planner to help you get organized and prioritize!