As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost. And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda and buckle up and just keep going. – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City
This September, I’ve been taking part of Be More With Less‘s 21 day #BusyBoycott Challenge because lately I’ve found that my mile-long to-do lists have taken over my life and I’m seemingly spending more and more time doing things I feel I need to do, rather than things that I want to do. I want to simplify my life so that I have time to truly live for the things that bring me the most joy.
Week #1’s challenge called on me to remove the word “busy” from my lexicon. Instead, I was tasked with finding other things to talk about besides how busy I am. The challenge proved to be more difficult than I realized because I never knew (1) how much time I spend talking about my life to others and (2) how often I answer the question “how are you?” with a response that pertains to my overloaded schedule or workload.
Instead of asking people about what they’re doing and instead of sharing how busy I am, I found myself asking my family and friends better questions about their lives. Also, I found myself listening more and talking less, which was a welcome change.
Busy Boycott Week #2, Challenge #2
This week’s challenge takes the boycott a step further because it is encouraging me to eliminate one thing from my calendar or to-do list completely. In other words, I need to eliminate something from my daily to-do list with the full intention of letting the task go…
When I first read the challenge on Monday morning, I was baffled as to what I could give up. Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of truly eliminating something from my work to-do list, nor do I really have the ability to turn in an incomplete graduate school application, so what can I remove? I could remove blogging, but sitting down to write fills me with joy so I wouldn’t classify blogging as being burdensome to me.
As I write this post, I’ve decided that I will not be meal prepping on Monday night or grocery shopping on Tuesday. Although I cannot postpone these tasks indefinitely, I am choosing to forego them this week for the sake of my sanity.
The goal of this boycott is to help simplify my life, but this week’s challenge may prove to be more work than I am willing to do. A stress-relieving challenge should not be adding more pressure.
What would you delete from your to-do list this week? Please share with me in the comments below.