Redefining the “To Do” List

If you’re like me, you probably have “To Do” lists filled with tasks like ‘pay the bills’ or ‘wash the car’, but how many of those lists evoke a feeling of heavy obligation rather than pleasant anticipation? If you were to take your list of “Things to Do” and add onto the end of it “Before I Die,” would that change what you put on your list or their priority?

The movie “The Bucket List” addresses this question. How would having such a list change the way we live our lives?

If you don’t have your own list of “Things To Do Before I Die” a recent series of books seeks to help you make one. The series includes such books as “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,” “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die” and the book recently reviewed in the New York Times by William Grimes “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.”

In a world where it’s easy to get caught up in the demands of our daily life, a “bucket list” of things to do before you die can provide you with perspective, and keep you focused on what’s really important in your life. Make your own “To Do” list one that will bring you a sense of pleasant anticipation at the dawn of each day, and of happy contentment when you turn the final page.