Dueling To Do Lists

I have two lists, the Must Do’s and the Want To Do’s.  The last few weeks I’ve been chasing to keep up with the former and been sorely neglecting the latter. I told myself it was only for a short time, to get over the hump of a couple big projects.  But here’s the thing.

When I make the Want To Do’s a priority they become the Must Do’s. What?!?  I mean this literally.  Five years ago I worked in a TOTALLY different field and had a seed of dream of what I’d like to do instead.  My days were full of lists of things I needed to accomplish and tasks to be tackled to do my  current job – both professionally and on the personal front.  The list seemed never ending. As soon as I crossed one thing off, two more were added.  Then I decided to plant the seed and actually tend it.

I planted a tiny little seed of an outrageous idea.  At first the tending of it was minimal, doing a little research here and there in my spare moments.  Writing a vision and brainstorming plans on a quiet Sunday afternoon.  Telling some close friends what I was dreaming. Then the tending got bigger.

The rubber hit the road with taking some courageous actions that really signaled I was serious.  These courageous actions included taking a trip for research, listing my house on the market, lessening my work load, and finally being open with the world about this seed I was growing.

Now, four and a half years later that little seed I planted is what fills my Must Do list. It is the originator of the “couple of big projects” that have kept me from my new Want To Do list.

How about you?  Do you have both of these lists going? If not, why not?  Is it because you are so overwhelmed with the Must Do’s that you haven’t created the space to get in touch with the Want To Do’s?  EVERY person has the Want To Do inside him/her and the universe will conspire with you to accomplish it.  So here’s my recommendation to you.

  1. Create a little time to start to get in touch with your Want To Do list (and no it doesn’t have to be big.  It could be to play basketball once a week or learn to crotchet a scarf, just know something you want to do.)
  2. Take one small step towards accomplishing it and before leaving that step set a time or an idea for the next small step.
  3. Celebrate doing this instead of castigating yourself for ignoring your Must Do list for 30 minutes.
  4. Repeat step 2.
  5. Don’t get down on yourself when you don’t do steps 2 and 4.  Just get back on the horse and do steps 2 and 4.
  6. And if you’re feeling really brave share your Want To Do list!  You can email me at heidilow06@gmail.com

Peace and aloha,


P.S. The featured image on this post is Hanalei Bay where my Want To Do list brought me and now I often sit on the sandy shore working on my new Want To Do’s!

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