Tackle Your To-Be List – Not Your To-Do List

Where do I start? I just got off the phone with someone who went on and on about all the things she had to DO! By the end of it, my head was spinning and I was rummaging through my cabinets searching for the bottle of Jack Daniels.

I get it. Really! I often fall into my automatic way of being and thinking that it all lies on how fast I can tackle my to-do list. The end result is exhaustion and feeling like little was accomplished.

Why is that you say? Because your to-do list does not contain the things that fill your Spirit with fulfillment. It’s just the way your mind thinks that in order to get to point B you have to perform tasks x,y, and z.

And let me be clear, there’s nothing wrong  with having a to-do list. It’s just that we focus so much of our time and energy on working off our to-do list that we forget our to-Be list.

Let’s Clarify What Your To-Be List Is

Your to-Be list is simply your intention and desire on how you want to show up in the world — it’s based on an emotional connection.

Here are some examples of your to-Be list:

  • Be courageous
  • Be inspiring
  • Be confident
  • Be bold
  • Be generous
  • Be loving
  • Be open
  • Be a contribution
  • Be funny
  • Be at ease
  • Be at peace

What do you think your day would look like it you woke up in the morning and told yourself, “Today I will be generous and loving.” As opposed to, today “I have to clean the car, pick up the laundry, call my clients, send out an email to my list, create a blog post, post 3 updates on social media, (breathe) …”

Can you dig it? Do you hear the difference?

What kind of life would you have if you were operating from a place of BEING instead of doing!

I can hear you from here — “But Michele, there are things I have to do!” “I do have to clean the car, pick up the laundry, call my clients, send out an email to my list, create a blog post, post 3 updates on social media, (breath) …”

I hear you loud and clear. And yes, those are things you have to get done.

But lead with your to-BE list and not your to-do list and soon you’ll see that your step is a little lighter, and you’re smiling more, and things are not so darn significant … Because you’re connecting with a part of you that doesn’t care about to-do lists. You’re connecting to the part of you that wants to just BE. Ahhh. Now doesn’t that just feel so good. 😉


  1. Hi Michelle,

    I LOVE your approach to this. It does indeed sound much better to say that I want to BE generous and giving today, rather than saying I have to write a 1,500 word case study blog post. LOL.

    I’ve actually devised what I like to call “daily action-lists” for myself, which is my spin on checklists. They’re filled with action tasks that need to be completed for the day so that I can build measurable productivity within my blog business and promotion efforts.

    But now after reading your post here, it seems like I should definitely come up with my own daily to BE list as well. :)

    Thanks for taking the time to share your insights and perspective on this topic. I found you through Ms. Ileane’s tribe on Triberr. Glad to be connected with you. I’ll be sure to share this piece with my social followers and on BizSugar.com.

    Look forward to connecting more soon! :)


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