What’s on Your To-Do List?

Sometimes I wonder how we all survived before sticky notes. They sure come in handy for jotting down my daily reminders and holding myself accountable!

 

The discipline of writing out a daily prioritized task list (organized by importance and urgency) is a hallmark of a productive person. I begin each day with a to-do list, and it certainly has made me more focused and effective. (And, yes, when unexpected items arise, I add them to the list and cross them out after completion. There’s power in a sense of accomplishment!)

 

Here’s an idea. What if we took this concept beyond its daily application and take a “sticky pad” approach to planning our lives? After all, the most successful people begin with dreams and then establish goals and plans to make them come true.

 

How can the sticky note approach work for you?

 

Poor or random planning puts your dreams in jeopardy and, at best, makes it take that much longer to realize them. But, even if you’re not naturally a goal-setter, it’s not difficult to become one.  Start by imagining what you want your life to look like. What are the large-scale goals you hope to achieve? Think of areas like your education, career, service opportunities, family, finances, health, experiences, passion areas, and interests.

 

Once you’ve established your long-term goals, you can set some shorter-range goals that will help you achieve them. You can set one-year, six-month, and one-month goals, all of which will ultimately contribute to the larger picture.

 

At the same time, don’t forget those daily to-do lists!  You’ll be amazed how much more you accomplish. It doesn’t have to be a fancy leather-bound day-timer to keep you on track.  Many times all you need is a vibrant-colored sticky note placed somewhere visible to remind you what you hope to accomplish that day! Oh, and once all your items are checked off the list, be sure to take some time to celebrate for a job well done. You deserve it.

 

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.”

Lawrence J. Peter

 

What kinds of goals have you established for the short-, intermediate-, and long-term? What strategies have you learned to help accomplish them?

We’d love to hear your ideas!

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “What’s on Your To-Do List?

  1. Wow, great word. I’m a business owner with 9 employees and we’re usually on 3 or 4 job sites per day. If I don’t jot it down, it gets missed. And I’m SO glad to hear that I’m not the only one who will write down and cross something off- it’s not just the sense of satisfaction- I really benefit from ‘seeing’ what I did and didn’t do so I try to keep a record. It’s why I’ll often text to obtain information- I want a record of it for my scattered brain.
    So…I realized through your blog that I do a good job daily and weekly planning, but I have very weak long-term plans. They go something like this “work as hard as I can to finish paying off the debt incurred as a result of the recession”. Very limiting and draining. New ‘to do’ list? Financial goal-setting and budgets. 2 writing goals with concrete objectives. Assessing and acting on 3 key employee positions. That’s enough for now!
    Thanks again for the timely word- today is a good day to plan my life after I plan the week.

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