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Your Daily List of What To Be or Not To Be: Mindful To-Do Lists

Emotional Management

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We know all about to-do lists. We know all about “getting things done.” Sometimes these time and task management systems are part of the solution. Sometimes they are part of the problem.

Recently a few wise minds have suggested that productivity and ultimate happiness might not be created by ever-increasing, and ever more sophisticated to-do lists. They rather cleverly have suggested daily lists “not-to-do”. That’s sensible advice. Why not try such a list? It probably will help; it almost certainly won’t hurt.

And here’s another potentially fruitful experiment. Start your day — immediately after a few short minutes of Mindfulness practice — write a “To Be” list. And in a Shakespearian mode, a “Not-To-Be” list. Stick with your aims just for the day ahead of you. What kind of person do you want to be today? Here are some suggestions:

To be

Positive

Optimistic

Patient

Encouraging

Open-minded

Resilient

Calm

Polite

Patient

 

Not-to be

Cynical

Negative

Critical

Sarcastic

Pessimistic

Dismissive

Rude

Vain

Paranoid