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To-Do Lists, with a twist!

First of all I would like to thank so many of you for the online, verbal and offline comments regarding my blog. One of my favorites was “during the NL Power Outage, your blog was a refreshing break from all the complaining on FB – Thank you for sharing some ‘light’.” Thank you for those comments! I truly appreciate them.

So this past week, I have been asking myself (and the ‘Universe’) for guidance on what to blog about next. As I have mentioned to many of you, I do not consider myself a writer, and I tend to keep most stuff very close to me, so sharing my personal experience, especially through writing is very new to me.

I certainly wanted something relevant- a scenario/ situation I could relate to, and would still provide some tips for you. As my mind was ‘racing’ with so many topics, as well as other priorities, I could not find the focus to write. Somehow, I received some clarity – write about having too many things on your plate, writing them down (which helps with focus!), and ask the Universe to help in getting them done. This is also known as ‘The Place Mat Process’ in Ask and it is Given by Jerry and Ester Hicks.

I have pretty much always been a ‘list’ person. My professional career is in project management, so not only do I make lists, I prioritize them, draw dependencies, look for logical sequences where I can ‘multi-task’ without actually multi-tasking (i.e. putting in a load of wash, before I vacuum, as I can vacuum, while the wash in in progress), so this was nothing too new for me. However, what was new was asking the Universe for help, or even ‘assigning’ some of those tasks over to the Universe! What a concept! But hey, why not give it a try? What do I have to lose?

Particularly, during this first week back to work, my mind was racing to recall: where things left off before my holidays; where things are now; what things need to happen next; etc. I was quickly feeling the downward spiral that could have easily become overwhelm. However, being aware of this, I stopped myself and started to write my list. I considered what items I could ‘assign’ the Universe to take care of, verses what I had to do.

Amazing enough, some of the tasks I did assign to the Universe did get completed! For instance – a follow up phone call with a client – well that client called me, rather than me calling them. Preparing a Letter of Engagement for a new piece of client work – another employee actually volunteered to complete it, without me asking them! And there were others! It was pretty cool to experience, and this certainly increased my vibration. When I realized some of these items were on my list for the Universe, I found myself giggling. Certainly better than being frustrated!

So what exactly did I do?

I took a piece of paper and divided it down the middle vertically. On the top of the left hand column I wrote ‘Things I must do’ and proceed to write my to-do list, in no particular order, as they came to mind. On the top of the right hand column, I wrote – ‘Tasks for the Universe’. I then scanned my to-do list and identified tasks/ items that I didn’t necessarily need to action, and was open for the Universe to offer alternative ways to complete these tasks. I then wrote these items in the right hand column, crossing them off of the list on the left hand side. When I was doing this, I was visualizing how I would feel having these tasks completed, and said ‘thank-you’ as if they were already done.

I then revisited my to-do list, and prioritized it. I also choose to look at these items as things I ‘get’ to do rather than ‘having’ to do them. I then asked the Universe for assistance in performing these tasks, so that I could complete them with ease and joy, rather than force and frustration.

After that, I got stared on my top priority item, and continued working away.

It truly is amazing how a little mind set change and asking the Universe for help really can ease the pressure and make the same task more enjoyable, if you choose to allow it.

Give this one a try, and let me know how it works out for you by commenting on this post.

‘Till next time, have fun playing with these tips, and keep choosing to reach for those better feeling thoughts. Life may just seem to be a little brighter.