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Make a "Could Do" List

Make a "Could Do" List

I recently learned about the concept of a “Could Do” list, a sort of antidote to the ever-present To Do list, as well as to the long list of things we currently can't do because of Covid. Blogger Elle Harris shared this idea and her list in the latest issue of Bella Grace magazine, and it inspired me to create my own.

The Could Do list is a collection of things you want to do, that fill you up and feed your soul. Harris says, “Imagine a list of things you could do, not because you had to, or vaguely felt like you should, but because you wanted to, not someday but any day - right now even!”

Once I got started with my list, I had a hard time stopping, and it quickly grew to fill two large pages of a notebook. Now, any time I feel overwhelmed by my to-dos, or frustrated by Covid restrictions, I peruse my Could Do list and choose something wonderful and refreshing to spend a few minutes (or a whole afternoon) on.

Here’s an excerpt from my Could Do list. If you make your own, please share it in the comments!

  • Watch for shooting stars
  • Cook a dish and watch a movie from another country
  • Have an iced tea party
  • Pick a wildflower bouquet
  • Reread a favourite book
  • Swing on a swingset
  • Look at old photos and curate some of them into an album
  • Send a postcard to a friend far away
  • Paint with watercolours
  • Play catch
  • Have a potluck
  • Walk barefoot in the grass
  • Make popsicles
  • Swap books at a Little Free Library
  • Cook an old family recipe

Take care of yourself,


Debra Purdy is the owner of ShopEco, a beauty and self care boutique located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her mission is to help you thrive through self care you can feel good about. For more self care tips delivered to your inbox and a special birthday treat, click here to subscribe.

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