Meditation Quote 78: “Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” – Abraham Lincoln

If you’re anything like me you have a list of things that needs done (either mentally or written), and it keeps stressing you out.

It used to be that my to do list ran my life, like a sadistic tyrant.

Together with this to do list I had a habit of postponing the most important things on it, resulting in even more power to the tyrant and less to me.

I would realize I had to get something done real soon.

But instead of just dealing with it and getting it off my mind, I would avoid it like the plague while at the same time worrying about it at the back of my head for days, weeks – or even longer.

It might come as no surprise that this was story had no happy ending…


I hit the wall.

I was put on a long sick leave, was forced to slow down.

I started seeing a therapist who pointed out how my to do list ran my life, and also reintroduced me to meditation and introduced me to mindfulness.

While this could be a story of how meditation made me prioritize the important things in life (which it definitely has), the truth about my to do list is that I tackled it by making a choice:

“I chose to get the important things done first!”
– me

I still have a to do list, and sometimes it gets too big, but I keep reminding myself to get things done quickly. Which helps – a lot!

No more crazy long lists and waiting for the tasks to disappear into thin air.

I get things done quickly. And I love it!

You know what the best part is?

…the urgent things on my list almost always turn out to be done in no time – with no big hassle.

Who would have thought something so scary looking and paralyzing would be so easy to vanquish!

“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”
– Abraham Lincoln

How about you? Does your to do list run your life? Comment below…

"Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today." - Abraham Lincoln

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