The secret to achieving our goals is to make sure we set clear goals, keep them top of mind and work towards them every day. It’s not more difficult than that. But also, it is as difficult as that. It’s easy to have good intentions, and yet to never reach the finish line because we never get to work. Which is why the to-do list is one of my favorite part of my planner.
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Personally I have a few to-do lists, some are for my personal stuff and others are related to my site and online stores. But for the simplicity let’s talk about my personal ones.
For my personal stuff I have two to-do lists – one weekly and one for each day.
Whenever I have something that should be added to the to-do list I consider if it’s something I want to get done today. If it’s even possible to get it done with everything else I have going on.
If it is I’ll add it to the daily to-do list. Otherwise I’ll add it to my weekly list. That way I don’t have to add things to my daily to-do list that I either don’t want to do or that I know I won’t be able to get done.
As you’ve probably understood by now, I think to-do list(s) are great. And I’d like to share four things you might want to consider putting on your to-do list, if you’re not already doing it.
1. ME TIME
Something I’ve learned the hard way is the importance of having time for myself. So it’s only right to put ”me time” as the first item here on this list.
If you don’t put me time on the to-do list you’ll probably never get around to doing it because everything else will have higher priority. So, if you’ve been thinking for ages that you need to do a pedicure you should add it to the list so that you make time for it. Just like I did today :)
2. SMALL EVERYDAY THINGS
The point of the to-do list is to write down everything so you don’t feel like you have to remember it. It’s not only things that move us closer to our goals that we need to get done and add to the list. We need to fold the laundry, go out with the trash, pay the bills. The list can go on and on.
It’s all those small things that needs to get done and if we don’t write them down we’ll probably forget and be stressed out every time we remember them. ”Ah, yeah, that’s right, I have to remember to do that…”.
3. REPLY TO…
If you get a text message, email or a message on any of the social channels that you can’t reply to right away you should put it on your to-do list. Otherwise it’s too easy to forget. I know I’ve done this a million times. I get an email and I think to myself ”I’ll reply tonight when I have more time to give a thoughtful reply”. But of course I completely forget it and a few days later I see that message again and I feel pretty bad. ”Oops, I totally forgot that”.
If you’re anything like me you easily get sucked up in the work that you’re doing. You sit down to get some stuff done and all of the sudden it’s late in the afternoon and you haven’t moved more than those few hundred steps to go from the office to the kitchen and back again.
Putting some sort of movement on to your to-do list helps to remind you that you really shouldn’t be sitting for too long at a time.
Those days when I’m not working at my day job I tend to don’t want to get outside. It takes ”precious time” from all the work I want to get done. I know, it’s not healthy nor sane, but that’s the truth. Having a list item that says ”go out for a walk” both reminds me to get out, preferably while the sun is still shining (which at the moment isn’t that many hours in a day). And also it gives me a bust of dopamine to check the box off when I’m back from my walk.