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MeditationTo Do List vs To Done List

To Do List vs To Done List

How you end your day matters, and it can shape your perspective of your work or responsibilities. This meditation with Mel helps you recognize your small wins and progress, rather than focusing on the to-dos that might be left over.

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To-do. Lists are a go-to tool for many of us. We use them to stay organized, keep our priorities in check and add structure to our days so we can use our time wisely. They can work in our favor, helping us set the scene for a successful day. And there's nothing like breezing through that list, crossing items off and feeling like this day is mine. But to-do lists, also have another side to them. You know those days the list is a mile long full of tasks you're less than thrilled about, and for some reason you just can't make steady progress. I know those to-do lists all too well. They can fill you with overwhelm or just zap your energy altogether. As we enter this week, you may already be thinking about what you need to accomplish and to help you feel more at ease about those tasks. We're going to approach your to-do list in a more mindful way. Today we're setting an intention to turn our to-do lists into self-care lists. Tasks are more than just activities. They help us develop new skills, show up for ourselves and others, and make good on goals that help us improve. So let's reframe how you're spending your time and energy. Grab your journal to complete the exercise or reflect mentally if that feels better for you. Press pause if you need to get your materials and come back when you're ready, Let's start by getting grounded with some deep breaths. Find a comfortable position. Take a deep inhale and through your nose and out through your mouth, close your eyes or lower your gaze. Another deep breath in and out. Roll your shoulders back and to the front. If you feel tension in your body, gently release it and take some time to allow your mind to arrive at this moment. Great job. If you're journaling, gently open your eyes. Bring the space you're in back into focus. If you're mentally reflecting, you're welcome. Keep them closed. Let's start by turning n word to check in with you and your energy. How are you feeling on this Monday? Take the next minute to write or reflect on that. Now, set your sights on what you want to accomplish today. Take a moment to jot down your actual to-do list. Whatever you wanna get done. Big tasks, small ones, work or personal items. Approach. Pro tip, I learned recently. Make sure you include a relaxing activity or two for yourself to-do lists that include restful tasks. Help us stay balanced. So what do you wanna accomplish today? I'll give you some time. Start to wind down. I'll give you 10 more seconds. The tasks on your list can have a deeper significance. They may give you the opportunity to learn more care for yourself or your loved ones, or provide some much needed joy to your day. For example, picking up your prescription is you taking care of...


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  • A former Buddhist monk, Andy has guided people in meditation and mindfulness for 20 years. In his mission to make these practices accessible to all, he co-created the Headspace app in 2010.

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  • Eve is a mindfulness teacher, overseeing Headspace’s meditation curriculum. She is passionate about sharing meditation to help others feel less stressed and experience more compassion in their lives.

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  • As a meditation teacher, Dora encourages others to live, breathe, and be with the fullness of their experiences. She loves meditation’s power to create community and bring clarity to people’s minds.

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  • Kessonga has been an acupuncturists, therapist, and meditation teacher, working to bring mindfulness to the diverse populations of the world.

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  • Rosie Acosta has studied yoga and mindfulness for more than 20 years and taught for over a decade. Rosie’s mission is to help others overcome adversity and experience radical love.

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