I have implemented a new addition to my life and I am loving it! I have reinstitute a to do list in my life. I know...that seems a bit overkill doesn’t it? But it’s working for me!!!
The impetus behind a To Do list
Last week I talked about my goals for the month of November. And while I am confident that I can meet those goals, I wanted to have something in place to make sure that I meet and even exceed those goals! But I know myself. I start strong and then I fade away for a week or two and then I get all bold and string again. There is a total lack of consistency and it shows in my weight loss efforts, my productivity, my dollhouses, my life. I needed something to draw me in and give me structure!
I also wrote last week about the having a bucket list of things that I want to do and accomplish in life. I created that list and I’m excited about it! In that post I talked about how I have to decide if I really want to do it or if I just want to dream about those things. But how could I make sure that I actually work on the list?
The to do list idea came around quite naturally. On Monday of last week I was in the shower and thinking about everything I wanted and needed to do that day. I had a YouTube video to film. I had one video to edit. I had a blog post to write. I had some household chores and oh yeah, I had to squeeze in my yoga session. Afterall, it is Yogvember! I didn’t want to spend all evening on that stuff. I like my evenings to be spent with Jason. I’m in a relationship with him because I like spending time with him, not because I want to always be doing my own thing on my end of the couch! So I decided to write down my stuff that I needed to do so that I could work on it!! Not only did I write my list, I took great pleasure in crossing off completed items! That simple act made me remember my old to do list!
For years I kept a running to do list. It was just one large long list of things that I wanted to do. Some things were put on the list and crossed off quickly while other things sat and languished on the list for months. I would cross off completed items and whenever I had to turn the page I would move all the unfinished things to the new page and start a new list. It worked for me and I work well with that small reward of seeing crossed off items on my list! I loved the memory and I wanted to turn that into something awesome for my current life!
Breakdown of my To Do List
I am not creating one long list. I am creating a daily to do list. There are some things that I am putting on the list each and every day. Some of those items are : track my food, cardio workout, yoga, devotions, etc. of course there are things that are just a one day event...one day I had a note to order vitamin drink packets from Amazon. The daily list is working great! I don’t beat myself up if something doesn’t get done (most most days everything does get done because I take great glee in crossing items off). BUt if something doesn’t get done I just move it to the next day and carry on.
I have also included and created a weekly to do list. This includes the posting schedule for my blogs and my YouTube channels. It is also where I am placing those long term to do items. If I have time to work on those things, awesome! If not I will just move it to the next week!
I am amazed at how productive this had made me this week! I have managed to get so much done! I have completed projects and tasks that get pushed aside and/or forgotten. I feel in top of things and not stressed out. And I feel so full of pride when I cross an item off the list because it is completed! I decided that I want the life that I dream about and that I will do whatever it takes to get it! For me, a to do list keeps me focused on working on my goals each and every day!