Are you a to-do list maker? Writing long lists can be a way to focus on what is important and eliminate mental clutter. It can also be a way to help stay calm when beginning to feel overwhelmed. I think a to-do list, like anything isn’t inherently good or bad. It’s what we do with it, how we use it, that determines its value.

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But is there a way to work smarter?

According to Janet Choi and Walter Chen, 41% of your to-do list items don’t get done and those that do, don’t correlate with what you set out to do.

Like most people, every day, I would write down my most important tasks for the day. I often defined myself by my work, and I hate to admit this, but I took a lot of pride in “just how much I can accomplish” in an hour or a day. After a while never ending lists caused me a lot of anxiety. Until I could tick something off, I felt stressed. They also caused me a lot of disappointment. Let’s face it, unless our tasks are easy to complete, we are never going to do all the things on our to-do list. Most of us put too much on our to-do lists anyway.

That was until I found about Abraham Hicks's teachings and was introduced to the morning ritual for alignment.

“Let your alignment be first and foremost, and let everything else be secondary. And not only will you have an eternally joyous journey, but everything you have ever imagined will flow effortlessly into your experience.”
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The solution? Begin your day with this process:

  • take three pieces of paper
  • set a timer for 15 minutes

Write at the top of the first sheet: TO BE. And write for one minute, only one minute, how you are wanting to feel.
“I want to feel joyful and free. I want to feel inspired. I want to feel abundant. I want to feel... whatever.”

Then go to the second sheet, and for 7-8 minutes write: TO HAVE. It doesn’t matter if it's tangible or not tangible. Write what you are wanting to have.
“I am wanting to have this body, face, looks. I am wanting to have this house and car. I am wanting to have these shoes, this bag.”

And then, on the third sheet write WHAT I WILL DO TODAY. Write about only good side of things, for seven or eight minutes. Once you have utilized this process for twenty or thirty, or so, days, you will discover that what is in your doing will harmonize with your state of being. Be creative and write an article. Be self-amusing and give a nice compliment to a stranger. Be loving and surprise your partner. You never know where it might take you – and whom it might serve.

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I have no idea where my list will lead me to today, one has lead me to my library to write this article so I hope it will serve you in some way.

- Paulina。☆