I love crossing things off my ‘to-do’ list. At that very second (I am told) there is a feels-so-satisfying dopamine hit to the brain. It feels so good, it gets addicting. We can spend our days checking the list, crossing things off – searching for that temporary reward, without touching things that really matter.
It’s quite possible to check lots of boxes and miss the point entirely.
I’m retraining my brain to shift from a focus on deadlines to one of purpose. I want to get to the ‘why’ behind the ‘what.’ That’s where pure satisfaction comes from anyway.
Life shouldn’t be a ‘check-the-box exercise.
From here on out, my ‘to-do’ list won’t be a simple inventory of tasks. I am experimenting with a menu of move-the-dial purpose statements.
Little things or big things, I want to make sure my energy is flowing to the important things.