Have To versus Want To

I’m good at wrangling stuff, but not as good at wrangling tasks. I tend to get overly ambitious with my To Do lists. Like many, I stress out about all my perceived commitments. I have discovered that sorting tasks into two groups, “have to” and “want to,” helps me a lot.

I’d say that if you have to do something, it’s something that, without which, you would literally die. Fortunately, most of these things are automatic, such as your heart beating, breathing, immune defenses, etc. There are a bunch more things that, if you stopped doing them for a whole day, would cause discomfort and also possibly damage: off the top of my head I can think of sleeping, eating, drinking, blinking, and urinating. Fortunately, we naturally remember to do those things (more or less), so they don’t need to be on a list.

So then what are the Have Tos on a To Do list?
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