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  • Writer's pictureDerek Carlson

I'm Crossing To-Do Lists, and the Whole Idea of "Getting Things Done," Off My To-Do List

Updated: Feb 23, 2022

I just realized I am almost always anxious. Almost never at peace.

I go from one thing to the next to the next without so much as a breath.

Habitual hamster wheel.

I forget to stop, relax, and check in to find out what feels resonant to do at any given moment. Perhaps I would receive the idea of stopping and just breathing for a minute from my inner guidance.

I guess I'm just realizing that the "Getting Things Done" mentality, for me, is primarily causing anxiety. After all, I'm not trying to do a million things to build a company, for example. Been there, done that. Not doing that right now.

And the "Getting Things Done" mentality is preventing me from checking in and listening to and trusting my inner wisdom.

I happen to believe that there is indeed such a thing as inner wisdom. It's actually a thing. And I happen to believe it is wise and infinitely loving. And I believe it knows how to direct my life in the most graceful manner, in the way that truly serves my best interests, as well as the best interests of all consciousness (animal, mineral, vegetable... my cat Emily, this coffee mug, etc.)

Sidebar: From the book Seth Speaks...

I can tell you, for example, that there is consciousness even within a nail, but few of my readers will take me seriously enough to stop in midsentence, and say good morning or good afternoon to the nearest nail they can find, stuck in a piece of wood.

Back to the matter at hand...

So while at times it may still make sense to knock out a list of items to do, my intent is to do this less and less and as little as possible and train myself into a mindset and habit of listening and acting in the present.

There. To-Do lists have now been officially checked off my To-Do list.

PS. Charles Eisenstein really blew my mind around this concept in this essay: The Paradox of Busy:

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