People Over To Dos


September 23, 2017

To Dos:

  • Prepare for STEM and Biology lessons.
  • Gather all supplies needed for the lessons.
  • Make monthly syllabi for both classes
  • Send out anniversary gallery
  • Take Mr. Peabody on a walk
  • Feed and expand experimental flies (I work in a lab 🙂 )
  • Write my methods section for a paper
  • Do laundry
  • Shoot Engagement session
  • Visit studio and take some sample photos for advertising
  • Answer emails
  • Analyze cell data
  • Call doctor -> transfer paperwork to new doctor
  • Write and publish a blog post
  • Get blog posts organized
  • Go grocery shopping
  • And the list goes on…and on…and on…


Does anyone else have To Do lists like this? Does anyone else have days that feel scattered and full like this? I hope the answer is ‘Yes’, because this is how every day of my life looks. Usually this is fine (actually more than fine, great!), but every once in a while I get stuck.

I get caught up in the busyness of life. I get caught up in the To Do lists, and I start to care more about getting those check marks done ( because I said I would do them) instead of slowing down and making sure that my personal health and relationships are taken care of first.

Every once in a while it’s like I look up from my To Do list and realize that I haven’t checked in with everyone in my life. Where did the time go? I haven’t called my mom or dad or anyone in weeks!

It’s at this point in time that I usually get frustrated with myself. Frustrated that I haven’t been prioritizing the important things (health and relationships).

It’s in these moments that I realize that I can’t do it all well. It’s in these moments that I need to take a second look at that list and decide what HAS to get done, and what HAS to get done NOW. Usually almost everything can wait.

Because it’s more important that I do my relationships well. Always.

It’s time I start to add intentional time for my relationships on my To Do list. I need to block out sections of time for friends and family (oh, and me!)!

So this Saturday I’m going to give myself a little grace. I’m leaving my To Do list behind, and I’m going to spend quality time with my best friend exploring little towns in Georgia. It’s time we actually go somewhere instead of catching up behind the screens of our computers. It’s time we actually look at each other and find out how the other is really doing. Relationships matter more than my cluttered planner full of To Dos, and they always will. I think this is the best way to start my Saturday.

Who are you spending time with today? If your plate is full, at least take a few moments to look up and spend time with some of your favorite people.


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