The 40 Year Old Bat Mitzvah

The To-Do List, New & Improved: a Checklist

Posted in Uncategorized by Juliet on September 24, 2012

As we move through the Days of Awe, I’ve been thinking about my lists.

You probably have these same lists: honey-dos, stuff to buy, things to do, people to call, emails to return. Ideas for the future, recipes to try, books to read.

I will never give up my beloved trusty Franklin Planner, but at the same time I’ve been experimenting with a new way to get through my to-do list.

What is the single most important thing I can do today?

It doesn’t mean I don’t floss my teeth or return my sister’s email, but what it does mean is that I measure success by the quality of my checked-off-to-dos, not the quantity.

Shifting my focus in this way has broadened my thinking on all of my lists. so this year, for the High Holy Days, I am administering a questionnaire to myself:

* What do I want to do more of in the coming year?

* Less?

* Who do I want to see more?

* What habits do I have now that aren’t working for me? What real steps can I take, today, to change?

* Is (this — whatever *this* is — fill in the blank) the best thing I could be doing with my life right now, at this moment? If it isn’t, why am I doing it? What can I do that’s better instead?

May 5773 bring you peace, serenity, love, hope, happiness, and prosperity.

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