My last 5 posts describe an extended, quirky to-do list tool that I use in my corporate training (click here to download a copy for you to use). It has 5 parts:
(I love that out of the 5 categories only two are about adding things. Can we collectively breath a sigh of relief?)
– to do, to continue doing, to stop doing, to not do, to done (no, the last one’s not a typo) (here’s a description of each)
I’m continuing to share how I’m personally filling them in. For my 2010 to-do’s see this post. For my continue to do’s see this post. For my things to stop doing click here. And here are my not to do’s.
This post is about my to-done’s. No that’s not a typo.
Most of us are so focused on what we want to do, to accomplish, to be or to have that we take nary a nanosecond to focus on what we’ve already done. Our accomplishments. The things that make us feel proud, accomplished and grateful.
We don’t look over our shoulder, back in time, and reflect on the road we’ve traveled.
And if we don’t do that then it follows that we don’t take a moment to pat ourselves on the proverbial back. To heave a sigh of thanks, to send a prayer of gratitude to whomever may be listening.
In that spirit, here are some of my to-done’s.
– I’m very proud of my United Nations work last year. I wrote a new manual on program evaluation and piloted it with UN folks from Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda. It was work that was deeply fulfilling, challenging and whole heck of a lot of fun.
– After a two year hiatus due to minor injuries, I’m really happy to say that our family is back on the ski hills again. We’ve made it up the mountain twice this year (no mean feat given how many accoutrements the sport comes with). There’s nothing like shushing down the slopes with my family, being enveloped by the natural B.C. beauty and enjoying hot chocolate and warming one’s toes at lunch.
– I’m indebted to the impulse that had me gather good friends together one evening some 4 years ago. We call ourselves the Goddesses. That group of women, as diverse and eclectic as we are, has met monthly all this time with the purpose of simply being onselef and checking in, whether we’re tired and grump or wildly ecstatic about some new project. What a privilege – space to simply be yourself and be treasured.
And continuing with the tradition of setting a song to each element of the to-do list, the one for to-done’s is Kool and the Gang’s ‘Celebration’.
And you? What have you to-done? What gives you pause to look behind you, at the road traveled, and give yourself a pat on the back?