I want to share a practice with you that I’ve started.
It’s called the what I did list.
Here’s how it goes: at the end of the day, or sometimes before I pick up my son from preK, I write a list of what I’ve done.
It can include what I started, what I dreamt up, or what I had to leave half finished.
It can include roasting vegetables, how I started out the window, or even have a few list about how I felt.
Here’s the kicker. At the end of making this list, I have to tell myself:
And it was enough.
This is a spin-off of an assignment I used to give my clients when they wanted to learn more about time management. There, I’d ask my clients to log what they did every hour they were awake for a few days of their week.
The point of that exercise was to track and acknowledge what you spend your days doing.
The point of my what I did list is to:
- remind you of how much you do
- remind you that not matter how much you do, you’re enough
- document the days and the vibe of your life
I started this practice because I often feel very depleted at the end of the day. And then, from this depleted place and I can forget how many things I’m doing and what a service I’m bringing to the world.
I’m inspired by diaries kept from men and women throughout the ages, where the was more of a documentary attitude to the pages.
This practice also helps me with the desire to scroll social media at night. Instead, I make a quick journal entry to check in with myself.
Here are a few guiding questions, if you want, as you make your what I did list:
What was a favorite part of my day today?
What did I feel like I spent my time doing?
What did I actually spend my time doing?
How do I want to fill my day tomorrow, or the next day?
What do you think? Will you try this practice? If so, please let me know how it works for you.