I have a confession to make however. At the end of a bad day, my eyes will skittishly wander towards a list only to streak away faster than you can say ‘boo’. Sometimes I get sick of my lists. They feel constricting, claustrophobic and controlling.
That’s when I know I need to throw them out and to’odle. Yes. To’odle. As in doing things that let my mind wander, my body relax. When I have no sense of time, either how fast or slow it’s passing, I know I’m to’odling.
Chris Guillebeau says we tend to overestimate what we can accomplish in a day and underestimate what we can accomplish in a year. I think he’s spot on.
Here’s the kicker though –> to reach our dreams and our goals we first off have to be clear about where we’re headed. Once the horizon is clear and we know where we’re headed, lists help us clarify the steps to get there. AND if all of our time is programmed, structured, and tightly controlled then we miss out on spontaneity, unforeseen opportunities. Instead of being flexible and open to possibilities we become brittle, with our lists controlling us instead of the other way round.
So while I’m all about list making (as my husband can attest to, shaking his head in dismay while asking how we can live in the same house, the anti-list maker that he is) the path to our dreams is far from a straight line.
Sixth and final, in a series, this post celebrates what some remarkably interesting folk have on their to’odle lists.
Make note of how you feel and what you’re thinking when you read about their to’odling. May it encourage you to to’odle yourself. Because we all need time that’s free floating, when the incessant tick of the omnipresent clock is but a beautifully muted beat to your own drum.
To’odle – or ‘what to do when I need to float, let my mind wander, and relax‘
From Dyana Valentine, who helps self-starters self-finish and whose Perfect Pitch process is nigh on perfect –
Ohhh, I watch tv on hulu.com, read fabulously trashy magazines in waiting rooms, listen to new music and add things that make me feel giddy to my amazon.com wishlist for giggles and what I call constructive procrastination.
From Danielle LaPorte, lifestyle diva, style maven, Fire Starter & WhiteHot Truth mama –
From Melodie Biringer Queen of all we Crave & Mistress of Women’s business development –
I surf facebook and twitter too much, even though it is sometimes a time suck I think it ultimately juices me up and helps me get my to-do list done.
From Kerri Carlson – the Wonder Woman behind the inspirational Every Woman annual conference –
Walk the dog. Take a bath.
From Oz Sokoh, U.K. Shell Geo-scientist by day and foodie blogger by night –
Think about food.
From Melanda Schmid, UN Habitat consultant in Kenya, non-violent communications fiend & lover of earrings –
Snuggle my dog or go for coffee with dear friends and talk about little nothings.
And in case you think I know not men, this in from Pat Jarvis – dedicated to Paralympic sport, Order of Canada recipient, his perigrination & peripatetic lifestyle is dedicated to making the world a better place (& is brought to you by the letter ‘p’) –
Get lost in the creative mind of a fiction writer — read more, like I used to, just for fun with indirect learning…
From Sam Crespi, writer, ever curious, purposeful wanderer –
I DANCE! Put on some 40s tunes, or salsa and dance myself silly. It’s a real mood lifter, and great for the figger! LOL If not dancing, I may read, go for a walk or invite some women friend over to hunker down and do those women tribal things like give each other mani pedis, laugh, swap stories, ideas and mutual support. Wine, chocolate, popcorn are definitely options. Sometimes I make postcards using funny headlines and colored papers.
Note from Lee-Anne: Sam didn’t actually submit any to’odle items however her to-done list sounds like it fits the bill, which is pretty darn inspirational.
From Michelle Royle, one of the best trainers I know, whose integrity can’t be topped, a deep thinker, traveler & dry humourist –
Check my email, read websites, ISM/BBM, eat, watch tv, sleep, nap, clean, cook, exercise, socialize, read, makes lists, sign up for courses, phone my mother.
From Johanne Gallagher, the wickedly funny, charming Irish Diva living, working & playing in Norway –
I sing, write poetry, dance tango, visit girlfriends, go for walks in nature.
And you? What’s on your to to’odle list?
Read the already covered segments from these same folks:
- things I want to start doing, being or having this month
- these work, so I should continue doing these
- I tried these but they aren’t effective, so I shouldn’t do them anymore
- I know I want to stay away from these
- yep, that’s not a typo; these are my accomplishments – I am proud of these. This one is left off most lists I know of and yet it’s critical to take time to reflect on what we’ve done not just on what’s left to do.
- what to do when I need to float, let my mind wander, and relax
To download your own template to use as you wish simply click here: Rock.Paper.Scissors To Do template.