The Inspired To-Do List

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I’m sure you’re wondering what that is, what that means and why we should care about it, right?

Well, before I get to all of that, I want to tell you that lately I have felt stuck.

Between aspects of my career, my health, my goals, relationships and my fitness. There’s many details I could dive into more for each of those but I’ll save that for another day, the point being, I just felt stuck.

After several conversations with friends, personal research, time meditating and journaling, I finally hit my breaking point over the weekend and did something about it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been taking a lot of action lately but it was time for another decision and so I jumped in. (More details on that later.)

Tuesday morning I woke up, a bit groggy and wishing I’d had more sleep. A part of me wanted to turn off my alarm and roll back over for another couple hours of sleep, but I had a long day ahead of me with both jobs and knew the only way I would make it through was if I got up and went to yoga as planned. So I did.

Early in class, right as we’re getting ready to set an intention, the instructor makes a comment about setting that intention and having a good day. So what did I make my intention?

“Today will be a good day.”

I set my attitude before I was even awake enough to have a negative thought. And you know what? It worked!

I came home from yoga and was posting to Instagram. I was figuring out a few hashtags to use and came up with one that hit me like a ton of bricks. It was weird but it left this impression on me and I made a mental note to see how I felt about it later on.

Sure enough, later while at work, I was just as inspired by it and texted a couple friends about it. Their reactions were amazing and next thing I knew, I was taking notes on a piece of yellow legal paper to bring home with me. I ripped it out, folded it up and got ready to put it in a safe place for later when it hit me. This was my “Inspired To-Do List.”

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It was full of things I wanted to do, needed to meditate and journal over, sleep on, etc, but it all came from a place of inspiration, desire and empowerment. Was this that feeling I had been needing and was looking for?

I’m the girl with a to-do list that’s a mile long (or so it feels) and it’s really never ending. Just as I cross things off, I add more, so why is this any different?

Because it came from that moment of inspiration and went directly to a moment of empowerment. It might sound weird or strange, but I found it to be this major breakthrough and one worth sharing and taking note.

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10 thoughts on “The Inspired To-Do List

  1. Charlotte

    I love this, too. I agree–when we add each day to our To-Do list, it becomes very mundane and (I’m certainly guilty of this) the goal is less to take action and be inspired; rather the focus is to cross items off so we can feel a sense of accomplishment.

    Love this idea, and thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend, momma 🙂
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  3. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    Loving this! I really only have a boring, bare-bones to-do list, but I really love the idea of putting things on it that I actually enjoy and look forward to doing. I guess we feel like we don’t need to do that because of course we’re not going to forget the things we want to do, but I bet it’s nice seeing it on paper and remembering that life isn’t all work and no play.
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    1. Flight & Scarlet

      I totally agree. I think that must be the reason we don’t make them… we think we’ll remember them. But then, we don’t, and they get pushed down our other to-do list. I love the idea of this inspired to-do list! It’s such a good way to prioritize the things you love and remind yourself that those things are just as important if not more than the other stuff on your list.
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  4. Kristen

    Love this idea! There’s my to do list that involves running errands and doing stuff I don’t want to do, and then I’ve definitely got an inspired to do list as well – but right now they’re all mixed together. I’m going to need to separate them and see if that makes a huge difference! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂
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  5. Emily

    I find that meditating over God’s direction and the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ really puts my to-do list more in perspective. I LOVE that you encourage us to meditate and sleep on it, because that often helps clear our to-do lists for the most important things.
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