For this week’s Checklist Project, I’m sharing 10 Things I Want to Do Less Of.
If you’re here on Checklist Mom, I’m going to assume that you probably have a pretty long to-do list, and it seems to ever grow longer. So often we think about what else we need to do, we don’t take time to think about what we should maybe let go of or do less of.
I decided to ask myself that very question – what do I need to do less of? And instead of the regular To-Do Checklist, I came up with this To-Do-Less Checklist. Here are the 10 items on my checklist:
- Facebook – this could generally be “do less social media.” Instead I want to have more phone calls with people and more face-to-face time.
- Looking at my phone while in conversations with other people – I’m ashamed I even ever do this. It’s really rude. I want to be fully present to the people I speak with.
- Listening to/following the news – I don’t really watch TV so that’s why I say “listening to the news.” I love to listen to National Public Radio while I drive and I do look at the news on my phone and our daily newspaper. Apple added a news feature on the phone, so I see headlines on my home screen and invariably click through. This has definitely upped my news consumption. The drama around the elections hasn’t helped either. Paying attention to all this news is not good for my sanity or my peace of mind. I can still be informed of all that’s important without overdoing the news. So this is definitly something I want to do less of.
- Eating fruit –People will think this is a strange one. I love fruit. I love fruit too much. I can easily eat upwards of 6 – 10 servings of fruit per day. That’s too much! I’ve been on a weight loss journey and I realize that my weight loss completely stalled. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I decided to reduce my fruit intake to no more than 3 servings a day and the weight has started to come down again. I don’t want to eliminate fruit from my diet – that would be terribly sad. However, eating fruit is something I need to do less of.
- Romance novel reading – I love a good romance novel (or a bad romance novel as the case may be). And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them, BUT sometimes I can go on a romance novel binge and that’s not healthy. I’d like to make sure I read more books that inspire me and feed my brain. Alas most of these romance novels are far from it.
- Web surfing – This sort of goes hand-in-hand with the social media and the news consumption ones. I can sometimes find myself going down the internet rabbit hole and losing valuable time looking at nonsense. I’m a huge fan of the internet and make my livlihood through it. Don’t get me wrong. I just need to be more judicious in my use of it and do a bit less.
- Multi-tasking – I know that trying to do more than one thing at a time is super inefficient and stressful. Many people think it’s the opposite, but they would be wrong. It’s way more efficient to put 100% of your attention on one thing. So, that’s why I’d like to practice more time-blocking and mindfulness.
- Sleeping less than 5 hours per night – I used to have the motto “you can sleep when you die.” I have realized that this attitude is one that brings death much closer. I’m not one that needs lots of sleep per night. And if I average 6 -7 hours per night, I’m more than fine. I’d like to shoot for 7 – 8 though. So, I want to be in bed by 10 and have electronics far away. That’s my best bet at success.
- Beating myself up/”should”ing all over myself – I have such high standards for myself. That’s a good thing, but I need to be so much more gentle with myself. So, much less or no beating myself up or “shoulding” on myself.
- Busy work/80% stuff that only results in 20% results – In the Checklist Mom “Peace of Mind – On the Checklist” Training System – my time-management program for moms (a program guaranteed to help moms find 3 or more extra hours per week to do with as they want), I talk all about the 80/20 rule. Basically it’s the rule that says 20% of all activities will lead to 80% of the results. And the remaining 80% of activities only lead to 20% of results. Most people are not very productive because most of their time and energy is spent in the not-so-effective 80%. I want to spend less time doing that 80% work and more time in the 20% work.
So that’s my To-Do-Less Checklist. What do you want to do less of? Make your own to-do-less checklist share it in the comments, on twitter or on Facebook with the tag #52checklistsproject.
Monick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom. She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers. She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor. She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms. You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.