There is nothing wrong with being organized but don't let it hold you back! Below are three lists to stop making!

 

There is nothing wrong with being organized but don't let it hold you back! Below are three lists to stop making!

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!

2. TO-DO

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.

Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

 

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39 thoughts on “3 LISTS TO STOP MAKING

    1. Natasha,

      Thank you!!! I am glad to know this was well received by other list makers! That verse is such a beautiful reminder that we do not have to have it all together! 🙂

  1. Lists 1 and 3, okay, I don’t need to make those.
    Number 2, my TTD or TTFD (Things To Finally Do) is one of my favorites! It is way too difficult to keep everything in my brain, midlife has truly arrived.
    I keep a Huge list in the notes and/or reminders apps on my phone. That way I always have my lists with me, no more forgetting them at home.
    If something has been on my list for a long time, even years. It is probably safe to delete, I guess I didn’t need to do it anyway.

    1. Gloria, I know number two can be almost impossible to live without! I have just started to prioritize my to-do list to make it as productive and least overwhelming as possible! It sounds like you are super organized with your list which helps!!! 🙂

  2. Great list! I get sucked into to do lists and they are not always as productive as I would like, the overwhelm definitely kicks in. Also I like the part about praying instead of making a pro and con list. That is a must 🙂

    1. Hannah!!! Thanks so much for reading. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE lists but sometimes they can overwhelm quicker than they actually increase productivity! 🙂

  3. I’m a big list maker. Mostly because I have a terrible memory now (thanks Mommy brain!) and if I don’t write it down, I will forget. Instead of making a to-do list, I now plug things into my calendar so I can space them out and it’s a great reminder of things I want to remember to do.

  4. Ooh I love this list! I hate to admit it but I always use a to-do list. Not so much as a “I need to finish this stuff n o w” but as a way to remember what needs to get done haha!

  5. I usually just make lists for packing and for gorcery shopping. What I like doing is making a timeline for everything. It keeps me on track, without schedules I will feel lost. I think it makes sense to stop creating to-do and to start lists.

  6. What a very interesting post. Since I’ve given birth to my daughter, I tend to forget things, especially the big ones. So making a to-do list really helps me. Yes, they can get overwhelming but I try to list realistic things that I can achieve within the day and I don’t feel bad at all if I don’t get to do everything in my list because I know it’s just impossible. If I stop making to-do list, I’m going to forget what I need to do.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  7. Well written! Great points made, but man it would be very extremely difficult to give up my to do list! that is sometimes the only way I get stuff done! lol love your blog and the layout btw. 🙂

    1. Thanks Olivia! I know, it has been hard for me but life has gotten a little easier since I stopped worrying about it so much! 😉

    1. I have heard the same thing about pregnancy brain! You do what is best for you! 🙂 For me those to do lists just stress me out!

  8. I’m not sure I could stop making to-do lists. They defiantly help me keep on track. I feel like I have a million things going on at once and making lists help me prioritize. I try to keep my list simple and not include every little detail but only big important stuff (top 3 helps me feel accomplished) and then once it’s on my list I feel like I can enjoy doing other things until I have time to work on my list. I get your point though and totally agree with pro-con list making.

    1. I knew I would get some pushback on the to-do list one! 😉 I think whatever works for you is best, especially if it makes life easier for you!

  9. Great ideas for the list makers and pontificators on paper. I’m not a to-do gal so it won’t help me much and I am married so I’m stuck with his cons and pros.

  10. I agree overall, but I somewhat disagree about how to stop making “to do” lists. For me, those lists are crucial since I have so much to balance at once and it really grounds me and keeps me organized.

  11. Good morning! I definitely needed to read this post! I am notorious for making lists, but rarely following through… and then its just depressing when I look at all of my (beautiful) lists and nothing is ever crossed off. It is amazing how the change of words (Things to Start vs. How to Start) make a huge difference in stress levels and motivation. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,
    Lisa

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