Welcome to a new feature at Mommy A to Z, Mindful Mondays. Each Monday we’ll look at ways to slow down, focus, and bring mindfulness to our parenting and our families — focusing on one simple exercise at a time. I hope you’ll join me on this journey!
Ditch the List
Next to my desk I have a white board, covered in to-do’s for my workday. Unfortunately, a much longer version of that list — filled with items like planning birthday parties and paying bills — exists in my mind, accompanying me wherever I go. It rears its frantic head in moments when it’s least wanted, like when my daughter is telling me about her math test or when I’m trying to fall asleep. Rather than a help, the list becomes an unwanted companion that runs my day.
And so, this week’s challenge is to ditch the list. Pick a day or a time period — maybe it’s a Saturday or a weekday after the kids get home from school — and have absolutely no agenda. No grocery shopping, no plans to cook dinner, no laundry to do. Make a conscious decision to see where the day takes you. Maybe you’ll end up at the park. Maybe you’ll throw a ’90s hip-hop dance party in your living room. Maybe you’ll feast on PB&Js for dinner. Whatever you end up doing, let it come naturally and in the moment — and take a day off from following the demands of your inner list.
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