Updated: Aug 17, 2019
Do you often wonder why your to do list doesn’t get any shorter?…
If you’re anything like me you’ll love lists… to do lists, done lists, thinking about doing lists, might do in the future list, and .. erm… the list goes on *wink*
There’s a good solid feeling to lists especially when you get to tick off or delete what you’ve done.
My main issue years ago was that I’d have this great to do list, I’d get focused and ready to do what was on the list but then somehow.. I’d end up ticking the item off the list and adding it to another list instead, … to do the next day .. or worse still sometime in the future…
The idea was good, the method however… well, it was flawed, to say the least, and I always ended up wondering, why nothing on my to do list ever actually got done.. I was in denial!
I kept trying the ‘to do’ list strategy and I kept ending up in denial.. I’d try it again and guess what? Same result… and as we know from the blog post ‘Conversation with a taxi driver’ doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, really is the definition of insanity .
So, something had to change..
The thoughts that went through my mind to start off with:
1) I’ve got too much on my list
2) I haven’t enough time
3) I keep getting interrupted
4), 5), and 6) … more excuses…
I knew I need to take control and instead of being the victim and blaming outside factors, lack of time, other people interrupting me, too much to do, I had to get to the place of self empowerment, take responsibility and most importantly take ACTION on my to do list.
I came to the conclusion that the most important action on my to do list, was to just take action … rather than swapping the items from one list to another.
“Procrastination only serves to make you come undone, it never actually gets things done”…
So, I started again, I wrote my list, I concentrated ONLY on the main 5 things that I needed to do that day and I took immediate action on the most important one, there and then, straight away without thinking about it, and I focused on it until it was completed, then I would tick it off… Phew! Done, Wooohooo! .
It felt so much better, I started to make headway and after using this technique I started to get everything done that was on my lists, I ended up having less lists, less stress and better results win/win situation, and as you know, we love those…
Do you have a ‘to do’ list? Do your ‘to do’s’ get done or, like me, did you just have back up lists, just in case *wink*
Give this a try, I firmly believe that the most important action step on your to do list is to just take action, no matter how big or small, but just do something. Momentum builds and before you know it you’ve stormed your list. Fabulous!
Till next time...