Are you good about taking time for yourself? Or is doing stuff for your yourself the last thing on your to-do list?
That seems to be the common theme among the women I work with.
Everyone else is a priority and if they have extra time (and energy) leftover, they may practice some healthy self care. Or they may just binge on OITNB, while eating Doritos and drinking wine.
Either way, these women are not making enough time to take care of themselves properly.
To help you avoid this pitfall, I’m sharing this week’s Free Printable: Your Not To-Do List. It’s a new life design tool I discovered over at Pinterest and instantly fell in love.
Your Not To-Do List is simple to use. You simply list everything that’s going on in your life - things you need to do, stuff your thinking/ worrying about in one column, like a vertical brain dump.
Things other people can do - this includes your kids, spouse, ex-spouse, coworkers, or hired help.
Stuff out of my control - all the things you worry about that you have no say over (a flight being late, a layoff at work, your kids report card, will Piper ever get out of jail?)
Stuff that drains my energy - what or who is sucking your soul dry? Get ‘em off your list and read more about how to deal with energy draining activities here.
Stuff that doesn’t really have to get done - You know, that one thing that you really, really, really plan to do, but deep down you know you are never going to get around to it. Just take it off the list already.
Anything left in the main column is really the only stuff you should focus on. I find this exercise extremely helpful when I am feeling overwhelmed by life. Because, I don’t know about you, but when I start to worry, it can quickly snowball into THE SKY IS FALLING and THE WORLD IS ENDING.
Taking some time to think about what I really need to do, versus what I can let go, of helps me regain perspective and take action, rather than sit around worrying all day.
Life Design Printables
The Not To-Do List is part of our Life Design Series available in the our Free Printables Library, along with our Perfect Day Workbook, Energy Tracker Worksheet, and Design Your Day Planner. Be sure to check them out!