The Inspired Day

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A bad habit of mine is to play constantly with GTD (Get Things Done) apps, thinking that these will make me a more efficient person. I input all my todos, get them all organized, tagged, etc., and then when it comes to doing them, I just sit on my butt and ignore them, or I end up doing other equally productive things that weren’t in the plan for that day.

I’m therefore thinking of adopting more of a “go with the flow” approach to getting things done. I’m not talking about the usual household work. Things like laundry, dishes, sweeping, are “defaults” that are already incorporated into my day. I’m talking about other projects around the house that need to get done, but don’t have a deadline. Having virtually no schedule or deadlines, there’s no point to me feeling like I HAVE to do anything. These projects are things that I want to do because they will contribute to the overall peace, well-being and efficiency of the house.

Along with trying to have only those things in my house that are important to us as a family, I’m also trying to DO the things that are most important. Sometimes we don’t know what’s most important for us to be doing because we’re looking at our list rather than tuning in to how we’re feeling. Having a set list of todos stops us from sensing that maybe right now, there’s something more important that we should be focusing on. Outside of regular chores and habits, having nothing scheduled means I can be completely flexible and responsive to anything that happens in my day.

This week I’m going to try a more hands-off approach to getting things done by not deciding beforehand what I should do. I’ll still keep a list of things that I would like to get done, but I’ll only reference it as a reminder of different options that I have. Every day I’ll spend more time gauging my energy, noticing my children and how much they need me at any given moment, what their energy levels are, how they’re feeling, glance at my list, and simply do what speaks to me, trusting that the things that should be done, will be done, and ending each day with a feeling of accomplishment, even if the house is a mess, even if I didn’t check anything off my list because I trusted my gut and did what I was inspired to do. I’ll share my thoughts next week.

Have you ever taken a “no-plan” approach to your day? How did you like it? Did it work for you?

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5 comments to The Inspired Day

  • This balance is such a constant struggle for me. In my pre-kid career I was a project manager, so not only am I great at setting goals and making lists, I was also used to telling everyone else what they needed to do and when. That approach is just crazymaking now that I live with a toddler. I can’t always control what I am able to complete and she just doesn’t care what I say she should do. :)

    I tried no list for a while but I kept forgetting things that actually were important. Now I keep a very short running list of “two-minute tasks” like phone calls and such that I can fit into snatched moments and a list of next action steps for longer projects I’m working toward. I don’t get through either list hardly ever each day but I’ve learned to let that go.

    I found you through Spark & Tinder and glad I did!

  • I’m really curious how your hands off approach will work for you. I have to do lists, but (with few exceptions) for a whole week, not specific days. And even with a “sometime” column ;-). I do feel I need to write down some to do’s in order to not forget them and it helps me to prioritise. But at the same time I wouldn’t mind a more relaxed approach ;-)

    • Working on crafting that post…it’s harder than I thought! I like the idea of having a list for the week and fitting those in as you go. That sounds great to me since I never know how my kids are gonna be from day to day. May need to steal that idea!

  • […] other week I blogged about wanting to try a “no-list” approach to getting things done, and let me tell you, that was the PERFECT week to be list free. Both my girls caught colds and I […]

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