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The Day I Threw Away My To-Do List


About 10 years ago, I was in the car taking my boys to school and running my to-do list in my head. I dropped them off and headed to work. When I pulled into the parking lot, I remembered a few things I needed to add so I repeated them over and over as I got out of the car and walked inside. I always do that so I won’t forget… sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

This time it didn’t.

Later, as I’m seeing my third or fourth patient, I remember the forgotten items and make another mental note to add these things to my list.

That evening when I’m at my son’s soccer game, I’m STILL running through that list again… trying to figure out when I’m going to do certain things and if I can fit it all in… “Ok… I’ll stop at the store on the way home from this game, and then tonight I’ll finish up those charts…” Get the picture?

And here’s the thing: my list never ended.

I pushed things down to the bottom – things that seemed hard or those I didn’t feel like doing. And I was constantly adding new things to the list.

It felt like a never-ending, futile battle between my list and my time.

And at that moment I realized something:
I was living my life by my list.
I was always stressed out thinking about it.
I couldn’t be fully present because I was always thinking about what I should or could be doing.

Was there a better way?

It took many years for me to learn and believe that there IS a better way.

And when I did, I finally threw my list away.

Now, I get MORE done. I have plenty of time and I’m able to be fully present in each moment without all of the stress and worry.

Do you have a to-do list always hanging over your head as mine did?
Does it stress you out too?
Does yours seem to never end?

Are you willing to consider the possibility that there may be a better way?

In my free guide below, “Focused at Work and Connected at Home” I give you four steps to start creating the time you need and be fully present both at work and at home. Get your free copy below.

Until next time,

Kricia Palmer, MD, ASID | Doctor, life coach & interior designer

I’m Kricia Palmer, and I help women physicians let go of clutter and create beautiful, clutter-resistant homes so they can feel more peace, get more rest and be more focused.

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