Day 1855: What Not to Do Today

I often make To Do Lists, especially for Mondays. However, I’ve never made a list of what not to do before.

Here’s my first ever list of What Not to Do Today:



  • Ignore the cats.
  • Be a perfectionist.
  • Facilitate a group (because my therapy groups don’t meet on Mondays).


  • Start collecting miniature chairs (since I already collect watches).
  • Regret the past.
  • Be anxious about the future.
  • Avoid.
  • Assume.
  • Beat myself up about what I’m not doing.
  • Ignore the beauty around me.


  • Bake a cake like that.
  • Be late for work.
  • Specifically ask for comments about what would be on your “What Not To Do Today” list.
  • Forget to thank all who helped me create this “What Not To Do Today” post and — of course! — YOU.


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20 thoughts on “Day 1855: What Not to Do Today

  1. lifeinkarolingston

    I like the idea of what not to do today list. We focus so much on making what to do list, because of ours daily routines and responsibilities. So maybe we should start to create also the other one too.

  2. I’m not going to watch a speech tonight, Ann.

  3. Great cleansing list!

  4. Good list Ann! I would add … not to play with fire.

  5. The idea of a not-to-do list is so much fun and seems so healthy and helpful making is going to be at the top of my to-do list.

  6. I am not going to stay dry today, since it is pouring rain. But I will try to maintain my dry sense of humour. I enjoyed your list.

  7. Ahh, SOMOS has it correct. I won’t be able to stay dry today either – Seattle’s awash! What not to do is an awesome idea!

  8. Most of the time we make a to do list then we forget about doing stuff on it

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