To-do list worries

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For some reason to-do lists MAKE ME CRAZY. If I can not cross EVERYTHING off my list then I get worked up. Running a business, being a mommy, and being in ministry has pretty much broken me in this area. I am a thinker, planner, and a bit of an over achiever. Lately I have been challenged to let it go, not plan as much, and focus on one thing at a time. I am still no master at this and I have a seriously long list of things to do BUT… now… I am telling myself something different.

I heard a quote a few weeks ago and it stuck with me.

“Are you going to plan how you will spend your hours or how you will invest your days?”

I don’t know about you but I want to make an INVESTMENT not SPEND things. This shift in thinking has really changed my way of looking at my lists of things to do. Now when I look at my planner I think things like… “Let Andrew know how much a I appreciate him.” or “Let Emlyn know how much I love her.” or “Organize my business more so I can have more time with family.”… I am never going to get my house completely in order, that spring cleaning is nice but is it really worth me making a huge fuss over? What is MOST important?

I know in every business there is the mundane things we have to do like emails, editing, etc.. but everyday you should decide what you want to invest in. Today is a work day for me and that means Emlyn is in daycare. My investment today is in our business.. The things on my list all need to fall under the umbrella of investing in our business and our future. This helps me keep my mind focused on the tasks in front of me and more aware of things that waste time. My ultimate goal on a work day is to invest all I can in that day. This week my goal is to work on our workflow and organization. I want to INVEST my time in to that. I have lists of things I want to do but I don’t want to just SPEND time on my business.. I want to invest in it.

I hope this way of thinking changes things for you. Let go of that crazy rat wheel schedule and focus on what you want to invest in each day. We take this life so for granted and get caught up in things that just aren’t as important. When you prioritize and let the anxiety of a crazy to-do list go.. something beautiful happens.

Sharing, serving, and celebrating,

Andrew + Chrissy