Career Advice AUDIO / Self-Management

Time Freedom and Your To Do List

To Do But Not Finish

Does time freedom seem like an elusive goal? If you beat yourself up because your to-do list just gets longer and longer, the insight contained in this audio clip will help you lighten up on yourself so you can have more enjoyment and less regret.

If you’re looking for time freedom, here’s a bit of career wisdom:

You’re never going to get it all done no matter how good you are at self-management! This realization hit me like a ton of bricks when I was helping my mom tie up loose ends after my dad passed away.

Let me explain.

I found a to-do list on his desk.

Some items were crossed off and others were left undone.

In that moment I realized with profound clarity that there will never be a time when all my to-do items are completed.

When the garbage is taken out, the house is completely clean, no email needs to be addressed, all clients are taken care of, the garage is perfectly organized… You get the idea.

The list can go on and on because there are always things we’re planning to get around to when we have the time.

The problem is that most of us operate as if there is an actual finish line.

We imagine ourselves doing whatever it is we would do if we had nothing left on our to-do list. And we beat ourselves for not being good enough, smart enough, efficient enough, etc. to get to that place of complete time freedom.

So, what can we do with this understanding that the to-do list will NEVER be done?

We can let ourselves off the hook for having things that haven’t been done yet.

We can acknowledge that it’s okay, and give ourselves permission to enjoy our lives even while there are things we need to get to when we have the time.

Life is not about getting everything done.

It’s about finding meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in our everyday experience.

So, don’t put life on the back burner while you frantically try to get to the end of your to-do list.

Because “getting it all done” is an impossible goal!



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