Lists are, for some, a way of life. Shopping lists, grocery lists, to-do lists, Christmas lists. All lists of things we think of now but will take action on later. The point of a list is to get the thought down on paper and then deal with it at the proper time.
There is another list to add to the list of lists. We call it the Later List.
This time of year is a perfect example of how the later list comes into play.
You are on a mission. Health and vibrance are among your goals. You are dropping weight and along comes a platter of New Year cookies. This could get tough because the inner struggle of adding significance will play a part.
Here’s how it works. You take out your list and if you really want that cookie you write it on the list. You select a date and time and that is when you will enjoy it.
Sure Christmas cookies aren’t likely to be appearing on platters in February when you have safely and soundly met your health goals. We understand that Aunt Betty’s reindeer drops are a family legacy. What we’re saying is, writing down those morsels on a list, to enjoy later, gets you present to the facts and emotions that surround the edible in question.
Do you want to eat it because you want to or because you feel obligated?
Do you want to eat it at all?
Does it belong on the Later List or can you just pass it over and learn from the introspection?
Keeping a Later List of foods can help with a lot of things and being present to food choices and why we do what we do is just one of them. You may get to the fabled ‘Later’ and look at your list and realize you don’t care to eat any of it.
The point is, you don’t need anything on the list and you are living just fine without the items on your list. Just having that list gives you power over now. You have the power to choose later instead of deciding now.
Finally, a list that delivers on more than one level.