How a Never Regret List will Change your Life

May 31, 2012 — 4 Comments

 

Let’s be honest. Sometimes we waste our time.

No regrets

We all have those (hopefully occasional!) workdays where we wonder what on earth we did with our time. Others of us have grand plans for our weekends, yet Sunday night comes and we are shocked at how quickly the time passed.

I frequently feel like I don’t have enough time.

Since Lylah has been a part of our lives, I’ve been thinking more about the way that I spend my time. While thinking about all that I enjoy to do, I’ve noticed that some activities share something in common. There are some activities that I never regret doing each day. Here’s a list of what comes to my mind, my Never Regret List.

 

1. Reading my Bible

2. Spending time with Sara and Lylah

3. Praying out loud

4. Exercising

5. Reading for fun

6. Writing

7. Sleeping

8. Eating healthy food

 

Each item on this list is something that I have never regretted doing. Ever. When I do these things, I feel better about myself, my life, my job, my family, and so much more. These are life-giving activities for me.

Since I’ve gotten so much busier lately, I’ve tried to be intentional about doing stuff on this list before I choose to fill my time in other ways.

To be clear, I enjoy lots of things that aren’t on this list. However, if I am totally honest, I sometimes wish that I had used my time differently when it’s all said and done. I don’t have the same sense of satisfaction I get when I have done things on my list.

Said more positively, I find that when I regularly engage in activities on my Never Regret List, I have more focus, drive, passion, and fulfillment in my life. It feels like I am living life  on purpose.

Interestingly, not one of these actions will have a dramatic impact on how my day will end. But if done repeatedly, they can have a huge impact on where I’ll find myself in a year or a decade.

In reflecting upon my Never Regret List, I have a few questions for you to consider.

1. Can you identify those daily activities that you have never regretted doing? If not, spend some time thinking about activities you regularly do that you never regret. These are typically things that help you become a better version of yourself.

2. How often are you doing something from your Never Regret List? Are there some activities that you don’t do as often as others? What might be preventing you from doing these things more frequently?

3. What would be some positive results if you spent more time doing items from your Never Regret List? Dream big as you think about these possibilities. It will help motivate you to make your list a top priority. It will also give you a sense of intentionality in your actions.

Well, I just finished number 6 on my list.

What about you? I’d love to hear about what’s on your Never Regret List, what gets in the way of it, and what your life could look like if you did it more often.

 

Austin

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  • scrhill

    I’ve never heard of a Never Regret list before. This is wonderful! On my list are sleeping, praying, reading my Bible, talking to my best friends, cooking, and spending time with my husband and daughter.

    • What a great list! Best of luck as you daily pursue each item on your list

  • Nate Ruge

    Great idea! Already jotting down ideas for my NR list 😉

  • That’s exciting to hear, Nate! Let me know what you come up with.