Overwhelmed by all the things you have to do? What if you made sure your daily to-do list include at least one thing you want to do? I can hear you saying, “That’s a great idea, but there just isn’t enough time in the day!” Maybe the answer to this objection is that you can’t afford not to. Without at least some time for fun, renewal, and recreation we can find ourselves unwilling and eventually even unable to keep up with all the “have-to” demands on our time and energy.
Prioritizing want-to-do items is a great way to combat letting myself be too busy all the time. It helps me step away from my ingrained belief that the things I have to do are always more important than the things I want to do. And those things I have to do? There’s no end in sight to them. If I wait for a break, I’ll wait for the rest of my life! I have to create the time for my want-to-do items.
One of mine is bike riding at least 3 days of every workweek. When I do it, I have fun, I feel good, I stay fit and I even get a good idea from time to time. It doesn’t have to take long. I try for an hour per weekday ride, but even twenty minutes is better than nothing.
What goes on your “want-to-do” list? How do you feel when you do it?