Want to Feel Better? Empty Your “I Should Do That Bag”

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The “I Should Do That Bag.”

We all have one. We tend to add to it frequently and without much strategy. It gets heavier and heavier, and we carry it everywhere we go. No wonder we are so exhausted.

Getting out from under the mental and emotional burden of our heavy load requires being more strategic in what we put in the bag and regularly taking action on what is in the bag.

Goals can help.

By making a choice and adding a date, your “to-do” becomes a commitment.   Start small. At the start of each week, pick one item that you will commit to get done by week’s end. Then do it. I hope you have the “I should have done that 10 years ago” moment I witnessed this week.

Getting things done is important, but to truly lighten our load we need to be more conscious and careful about what we put in our “I Should Do That Bag.” This often means getting more comfortable being assertive, saying “no,” stepping away from guilt and a sense of obligation, and taking the time to understand what we really want and need to be saying “yes” to.

What’s one thing you can take out of our “I Should Do That Bag?” this week by getting it done?

What’s one thing that you can take out by accepting that you shouldn’t have put it in there in the first place? 

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