Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse, spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. During that time, she heard several of the same regrets. She recorded them in a book called, The Top Five Regrets of The Dying.
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
How much time do you spend on your daily to-dos? Does your list of tasks dominate your day? Consider setting time limits for each daily task so you can devote more time to yourself, your family, friends, and hobbies. After all, whatever you don’t finish today will still be there to work on tomorrow.