The One Todo List That Will Actually Help You Pray


I had a nagging feeling.  It would come back several times a week and pester me, reminding me of various things that I had forgotten to do.  Each time, I would jot something down on a notepad and then schedule some time to do it.

Then, I decided that I was tired of the nagging.  

I remembered a trick that I had heard of years before.  The waiting for list. I made one for work and another for home.  

In the waiting for list I've added things like:

  • Remind Cary to fill out the application form
  • Hear back from the high school re: the recommendation
  • My parents to get me their arrival flight information

Besides getting rid of the nagging thoughts in my head, I've found the waiting for list to be helpful in prayer.  By putting various things on the list, my head is more clear and I'm worrying less.  

We do not want to be beginners. But let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything else but beginners, all our life!
— Thomas Merton

When your head is clear, you're less distracted when you go to pray.  This is the perfect intersection of prayer and productivity.

What's on your waiting for list?

Noise, prayerMike StPierre