To Do List

Things That – at One Time or Another – I Have Told Myself That I Should Do EVERY DAY, Without Fail:

  • Write
  • Meditate
  • Learn a new word in Spanish
  • Learn a new word in English
  • Take a multi-vitamin
  • Take a calcium supplement
  • Eat several servings of fruit and vegetables (Note: servings should occasionally include blueberries, which I dislike, but are supposed to be very good for me)
  • Take a fiber supplement
  • Go to bed at 9pm
  • Get up at 6am
  • Yoga
  • Abdomnial Crunches
  • Read the NY Times headlines
  • Run two miles to three miles
  • Think of an entrepreneurial idea
  • Eat flax seeds
  • Practice the guitar for 30 to 45 minutes
  • Floss
  • Make my bed
  • Dust, scrub or tidy some part of my house for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Read at least one page of a classical novel
  • Listen to Marketplace on NPR
  • Initiate a conversation with a complete stranger
  • Lunges
  • Contemplate gratitude
  • Write lists of things I would like to have accomplished by the time I’m 40
  • Write lists of things I could be doing to further my career
  • Write lists of memories or ideas for stories that I should consider writing (instead of lists)
  • Cook at least one meal from scratch
  • Get an outfit prepared for the following day [work nights only]
  • Take a nap [weekends only]
  • Avoid all elevators and good parking spaces

Things That I Actually Do EVERY DAY, Without Fail:

  • Eat cheese


About Rachel Lewis

I am a writer, ceramic artist, knitter, and stepmom. As a playwright, I had six short plays produced in showcases and festivals in Manhattan, Salt Lake City, and Austin. My full-length play, Locking Doors, was presented by Wordsmith Theatre Company in The New Lab Theatre (University of Utah) in 2005. I co-wrote a teleplay titled “Thank God I’m Atheist” which won the 2015 “No God But Funny” contest founded by the Center for Inquiry. My short nonfiction essay, “It’s Coming Down,” was published by the online literary magazine Halfway Down the Stairs. My essay "The Red Rock Chronicles" was published in Contemporary West magazine. I currently work in pharmaceuticals professionally and write recreationally, but dream of making the transition to write professionally and do pharmaceuticals recreationally. I am a Utah native and live in Salt Lake City with my family and our Goldendoodle. I am working on a collection of humorous non-fiction essays and a second full-length play. Follow me at: @rachel_lewis_ut (Twitter) @rachel_lewis_ut (Instagram)

2 responses to “To Do List

  1. Eat cheese really made me laugh. I love your list. I fancy getting a guitar soon.

  2. Gina

    Chee yeeeese!

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