Todo List – Friend or Foe?
Post #8: The Backup List



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When we really can’t deal with the original plan

Are you familiar with those days when you are up todo, but somehow cannot get to the original plan?
It can be a case of no inspiration or just a change of circumstances.
When it happens, it is somewhat challenging to go back to the drawing board, and we can get spaced out.

This is when the backup list comes handy.

Some of us do not really need lists, and that’s OK, but for others having a list is like an insurance-policy for not getting lost in time-wasters like FB.
Don’t get me wrong – I think it is absolutely beautiful to waste time, todo nothing, to sidetrack. But I sometimes feel that I am up todo something that will get me closer to my Be and I want to feel I accomplished something on this day.

So in the backup list, I have things that are in are either less priority or more technical in nature (and hence less inspiration is needed to execute them), or even something that I wanted to do for a long time and never got todo (like planting some flowers).
So for me, it is beneficial to have this list for these moments.

Sometimes I write these things at the bottom of the list for the day, and sometimes I find these backup options in my permanent list – my Mamalist (I wrote about it here.)

And one more helpful tip – when working with my clients I noticed that often people cannot find their lists amid the pile of papers, yet not being able to choose from “the list we sometimes keep in our heads.” A simple solution is to always hang the MamaList in a place that cannot be covered. The best spot is on the inside of a closet door, and like this, it is also not disturbing the space, and we don’t have it in our face unless we choose to (I wrote a post about it here.)

That’s all for today,
May you have a pleasant day – whether you choose todo today or just to relax.

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