My last 6 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:
– 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 thought it might be helpful to conclude this series of posts with a comment from a reader and an update on my progress.
To Do: create more space in time and more physical space
- progress? Ahh the bliss of having taken 10 boxes to Value Village the other day. I actually have empty shelves in the play room. My calendar has more white space as well. I’m enjoying more unplanned, unscheduled time.
To Continue Doing: keep off the weight I’ve lost and keep my monthly dance dates
- progress? I enjoyed lots of Christmas goodies this year but managed to keep the weight off by increasing my workouts. Went family snowshoeing and skiing several times each. As much work as it was to get all flotsam and jetsam out of the house (goggles, mitts, poles, boots, hats, jackets, extra socks, snacks….I swear there is invisible glue holding it to the house) it was joyful being outdoors in the frosty air.
- no monthly dance date of yet; still have to replace my dance ‘date’ who moved to Scotland. Having said that my hubby is home from an international business trip soon. Hmmm. Perhaps we’ll hit the dance floor this weekend.
To Stop Doing: stop finishing things
- progress? You bet your cute buttocks baby. I’m devouring Tim Ferris’ ‘Four Hour Work Week’ and have turned not finishing something, somethign that I decide after starting isn’t strategic or meeting my needs, into an adrenaline surging, smash on the brakes, screeching halt. The bliss that flows from not having to finish something, from not feeling my own imposed pressure, is enlightening.
To Not Do: watch loads of TV
- progress? I keep surprising myself by not turning to TV in the evening. Though I wonder what’s happening on Dragon’s Den, curling up in bed with a good book is inifinitely more relaxing and rejuvenating.
- progress? You bet your sweet socks, I continue to be proud of having been accepted to the FWE e-series program, having done international work for the UN last year, getting back on the ski hill with my family and continuing to meet with my Goddess gals
So far so great. I’m sure 2010 will bring the inevitable ups and downs but I’m feeling on track, focused and ready to rock and roll. Bring it on!
Maybe now I can take the advice of a reader (confession time, none other than my hubby), to add ‘do’odle’ – the ability to avoid following my lists and let my mind wander.
Time to wander, perhaps while listening to this post’s theme music ‘Because We Can’ by Fatboy Slim (a song guaranteed to ramp up your workout by the way).
And you? How are you doing / being with your resolutions?
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Kitchen Butterfly says
The four-hour work week is on my list to buy. Well, it wasn’t till I saw you were reading it. See, last week my colleague sent a link to the book to me and I registered it in my brain….but now I see you’re reading it, I know I should too! LOL
Lee-Anne Ragan says
Hi Oz- that’s a fantastic book. Really changed how I approach my work and was responsible for the push I needed (plus the details in how to actually do it) in getting a virtual assistant.
Please let me know what you think of it and if/how it helps.