Making a to DON’T do list

Life September 8, 2015

Last week, I posted this video to my Facebook page, and it seemed to resonate with many of you.

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Earlier this year, we asked women about their lifestyle – nearly half said they were feeling moderately or extremely stressed & shockingly 40% feel like they’re about to burn out. We weren’t surprised, we feel it too. From our everyday never-ending ‘to do’ lists to the pressure the media puts on us to be the ‘perfect woman’. We rush around trying to do more, be more, give more. But we don’t need to be like this 24/7, it’s not healthy. We need to #LetGo of all this pressure every now & again. So we’ve created a film with advice from women who truly know the importance of stepping back every now and then and appreciating life’s precious moments.

 

One of my favorite lines came from an older woman who said, “If I had my time to do over again, I wouldn’t create a to-do list, I would create a to-don’t-do list.”

So I’m taking her advice, and creating my own to DON’T do list.

*Don’t compare myself to others.

*Don’t measure my worth with “likes” and “hearts” and “followers.”

*Don’t buy anything that doesn’t add value to my life.

*Don’t create a “hurry up” life for my kids.

*Don’t exercise for the sake of vanity.

*Don’t rush bedtime stories.

*Don’t try to keep up with what everyone else is doing.

*Don’t discount the little things that make up a great life.

 

What would you put on your “to DON’T do” list?

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  • Sally @ Real Mom Nutrition September 8, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I love this! My list would need to include “don’t look at my phone when my kids are talking to you”.

  • Julie @ Girl on the Move September 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I use a daily task sheet every time to keep track of my schedule, items on my to-do list, etc and right at the bottom I have printed a To Don’t list…because I need that reminder daily!

  • Colleen September 30, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I totally get that you are trying to weed out the negatives in your life but did you know that framing your choices or goals using negative language like “don’t” actually triggers negative emotional centres in your brain which can make it harder for you to stick to those goals. Why not try re framing your great ideas in the positive …

    * Exercise for health and fun.
    * Invest my money in what brings value and wellness into my life.
    * Take time to savour and appreciate my days – and teach my kids how to do the same.

    May you be well and happy. Enjoy the journey.
    C