Silver Lining: redefining to-do lists

November 5, 2012

redefining to-do lists

Last night, during my usual Sunday night AH-the-weekend's-over! panic attack, I was making myself a to-do list for the week.

  • vote
  • deliver 120 relief society fliers
  • report cards
  • do something for E's birthday
  • go to the temple
  • finalize those huge life decisions we're making 
  • lesson plans for my teacher work sample

And then I just kind of stopped and looked at it. 

What if I measured the success of my week a little differently? What if it was by the number of students that I took time to really connect with? What if it was the things I did that made others smile? What if it was more giving and less crossing off a list?

So in the end, I'm still going to vote and get those fliers delivered and write those lesson plans. But it's the time I spend outside of those obligations that matters. I'm choosing to focus on giving, not to-do-listing. 

What helps you focus on the important things?
Who are some of your greatest examples of giving?


  1. I like this. A lot. Thanks for putting things into perspective!

    Have a wonderful day!


  2. Love that quote! I haven't heard it before, so thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

  3. New follower from the GFC Blog Hop! I absolutely LOVE the colors of your blog!! Can't wait to follow along :)


  4. what a good reminder! I love that- "focus on giving"... I may just have to write that on my bathroom mirror this week! xo

  5. i'm super weird and i actually really love writing out to-do lists. haha.
    also my mom is the best example of giving, seriously she is so awesome. love this girl. lets get together this week.


  6. I like your 'challenge'. I think I need to sometimes slow down too and really take in the moment rather than trying to just knock stuff off the never-ending 'to do' list!

  7. Im one of your newest followers from the GFC BLOG HOP. You can follow me back at

  8. Love that quote :) btw would u like to follow each other? Love ur blog posts :))


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