Part two: It’s the 5th Annual To Do, To Done, To’odle Compilation

Even this dog knows what he doesn’t want to do.  Do you?

This is the second in a series.  Missed the first post?  No worries, see it here where I summarize the to do’s & to continue doing’s of contributors.  This post continues, this time with things to stop doing & not to do’s.

This is the 5th year where I’ve sought contributors from around the world to see what they’re up to with each. For a quick tour of what each of these mean, see below.

  • To do * things I want to start doing, being or having
  • To continue doing * these work, so I should continue doing these
  • To stop doing * I tried these but they aren’t effective, so I shouldn’t do them anymore.
  • To not do * I know I want to stay away from these
  • To done * that’s not a typo; these are my accomplishments – I am proud of these.  This one is left off most lists I know of and yet it’s critical to take time to reflect on what we’ve done not just on what’s left to do
  • To feel * (new this year, inspired by Danielle LaPorte) how I want to feel in the upcoming year.
  • To-oodle * what I do when I need/want to avoid following my lists and let my mind wander

Take a read & get inspired.

To stop doing * I tried these but they aren’t effective, so I shouldn’t do them anymore.

Jennifer Mutua



Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing – Jennifer Mutua, Chair , Evaluation Society of Kenya (ESK) & Eastern Africa’s Regional Board Representative for AFREA, wants to stop ‘going to bed by 8.00 pm……….I end up waking up late in the night.’




Sarah Elamin Ng’inja, one of my fabulous safari adventure friends & Donor Relations Specialist, UNICEF Somalia wants to stop ‘saying yes to/at work and no to/at home as much as I do.’



Caleb Gichuhi, who hails from Sisi ni Amani which, among other things, does incredible work using texting to prevent violence wants to stop ‘eating junk and listening to pessimists.’


Tricia Hollyer

Tricia Hollyer, founder of Brave Leaps, wants to stop ‘trying to make everyone happy and taking it personally when they don’t agree or don’t like what I’m offering.’



Joanna Wedge

Joanna Wedge, an international child protection specialist & one of the coolest people I know wants to stop ‘pretending that I work three 8-hour days; I work in bits and pieces all through the week and that allows me to be more spontaneous and flexible.’


Niall Oconnor

Niall O’Connor, the WWF Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa, super great dad & a very fun guy to go on safaris with aims to stop ‘pretending I love things I don’t, and stop denying myself some of my hard earned time and resources!’



To not do * I know I want to stay away from these

  • Jennifer Mutua & Caleb Gichuhi both want to stay away from procrastinating
  • Sarah Elamin Ng’inja wants to not ‘be so darn apologetic when I can’t manage to do something.’
  • Tricia Hollyer wants to avoid ‘eating mindlessly. Ignoring my body’s needs in favour of my mind’s desires.’

Stay tuned for the  last summary, the to done’s, to feel & to-oodles.


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