HAVE to do vs. WANT to do- what does your list look like?

Lately I have been stuck in a rut.  I have so many things I want to do but haven’t been able to get started.  Last week I decided to make a list of what I have to do vs. what I want to do.  I have promised myself that I am going to check a few things off the WANT list this week.  One of the things I wanted to do was get TheInspiredMom.com updated and send out my newsletter.  Okay now I can check that off.  Here is the rest of my list:

Some of the things I HAVE to do, because if I don’t do them, nobody else will!

  • Get kids ready for school
  • Household tasks (dishwasher, laundry, pick-up)
  • School pick-up, homework, shuttle kids to sports

Some of the things I THINK I have to do, because I worry that if I don’t, everyone will think I am a terrible wife/mother!

  • Make kids lunch everyday (vs. letting them make their own or buy)
  • Vacuum floors every other day- god forbid someone stop by and see them dusty
  • Make my kids beds when they don’t do it themselves
  • Have the house picked up every day when I my husband arrives home
  • Always be ready to help others
  • Answer every email and voicemail within an hour of seeing it/hearing it
  • Say yes to every birthday party or play date my kids are invited to
  • Always be punctual (then I wait for everyone else who is not)
  • Never cancel once plans are made

Some of the things I WANT to do:

  • Spend alone time with each of my kids (I always dream about it but never make it happen)
  • Grow my business- sit down each day and spend at least an hour working on this goal
  • Exercise at least 4 times a week
  • Find more time (wait, that is circular reasoning)

Several daily tasks fell onto the list of tasks that are important but won’t hurt if they don’t get done.    I encourage you to add some of the things you WANT to do to your list each week- so that you don’t get too bogged down in obligations.  And don’t forget, just because your children, husband or friends ask you to do something- it is okay to say “no” so you can focus on doing a few things that really matter to you!

One thought on “HAVE to do vs. WANT to do- what does your list look like?

  1. Well, good luck to you!^^
    I figured……life is always a battle against things you HAVE to do vs things you WANT to do.
    Wierd thing is……..I still haven’t found the way to do em both.
    Damn.

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