Confession: I sorta have a lil’ to-do-list fetish.
There’s something about the instant gratification of checking off or, even better, drawing a thick line through a TO-DO…especially if the crossed-off list is super long.
One day, while indulging my inner overachiever, my husband Luca said, “Imagine putting all your ambitious plans–all those long lists–into a grid.” This part was easy for me, because that’s how I plan long-term.
“Then make the grid bigger; just spread it out. All the same squares will be there, only with more space.”
My husband is a building engineer, so generally he sees things much more linearly than I do. But he had a point:
Spread the list out. You don’t have to do it all at once. And, realistically, you can’t.
So… my daily list is now limited to what must get done that day, instead of the 5 gazillion things I’d like to get done.
Choosing only 2 or 3 must-get-dones for the day has a number of benefits:
1. Fulfillment – By dedicating my time only to what I know I can get done that day, I feel less overwhelmed and more productive. When I’ve completed my must-get-dones, I am able to call it a day without feeling guilty. Or I can confidently move on to other projects, if I’m up for it.
2. Presence – I am able to be fully present with the tasks I’ve set for myself, to really FOCUS. This applies also to my time with others. I used to be on strategy calls with clients and thinking about all the other things I needed to be doing. Sound familiar? By being more strategic about my daily list, I now have the peace of mind to fully connect with others.
3. Flow – No matter what else crops up during the day (inspiration or disturbance), I can flow through it with ease, knowing that my TO-DOs are doable . . . or done!
Now there’s a good TO-BE list : FULFILLED, PRESENT, FLOWING!
PS– If you’re looking for a way to quickly and easily organize your long-term plans, check out this FREE LONG-TERM PLANNING PDF. How it works: Use the ‘Theme’ space under each month to write 1 word that describes how you’d like to feel. Then, in the ‘Intention’ box list 1-3 things you’d like to accomplish that month. Happy Planning!
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