Not to do list

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New Year is already here,

And making resolutions is something I fear.
Because when my resolutions I fail to keep,
Sometimes I just can’t sleep.
Having a list of things to do is a bore,
Everyone does it like it is a chore.
This time I’ve decided to do something new,
Hope it lasts the year through.
So here I am making my not to do list,
Yeah, it is the same old one but with a twist.
The first one is not to say yes to everything too fast,
Because the repercussions of a few yeses will for long last!
The next one is not to bother too much about what others
It is my life and I’ll figure out how things can be in sync.
The most important one is not to put off anything for
Life is short and to make it last longer a few moments from
others you can’t borrow.
Not to cry for every little thing that hurts,
My tears are precious; I’ll save them up for when it really
Not to worry too much about the future is another one,
Because I must live in the moment and have my share of fun.
These are some of the things that I don’t want to do,
I hope to this list I will remain true!
 This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.
Also writing this post for Day 3 of Ultimate Blog Challenge.

8 responses to “Not to do list”

  1. Cathy Graham says:

    I like your idea of a "Not to do" list. What a fun poem! Good one. You have the right attitude about it all. Happy 2016!

  2. I can't remember, offhand, where I read it or exactly how it was presented, but be careful with this approach because the brain finds it more difficult to parse a negative command than a positive one. (By that, I don't mean "positive" in terms of being all sweetness and light and giving affirmations to your self-esteem; I mean that the brain sometimes ignores the "Don't" altogether, and only hears the thing that comes after, as if it hadn't thought of that before, but now it sounds like a mighty fine idea!) Thus, "Consider each request for at least 10 minutes before saying 'yes'" may work better than "don't say yes too fast." (Of course this doesn't fit with the idea of a "not to do list," but it's just a psychological data point worth considering, for the stuff you really do hope to accomplish! 😀 )

    Fun poem, though!

  3. Leslie Hamp says:

    Perhaps a "Get To Do" list to balance your "Not To Do" list. 🙂

    • Oooh, I like that – make it a list of rewards! I wonder if "I get to clean house!" would trick my brain into thinking it's FUN? (Human brains are amazingly brilliant AND amazingly stupid, sometimes – it could actually work, I think… maybe. You know, like setting the clock wrong to fool yourself into being on time? It works, until the day you go, "Wait, I know what I did, there," and hit the snooze button four times.)

  4. Ramya P says:

    Beautiful poem Reema! I relate to it. A lot!

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