Posted by: Sheri Lukasiewicz @ Peace by Piece | May 1, 2010

Getting from To-Do, to TA-DA!!!

How’s that To-Do list workin’ for ya’?  Is it your helpful ally, or is it your evil nemesis, reminding you daily of your failures and shortcomings?  Can’t we all just get along?  Let’s be Friends! 

First off, I don’t want to get all ‘preachy’ about how you do your list these days.  Do what works for you.  On a slip of paper, on a spreadsheet, in your Smartphone, WHATEVER.  The How is not important.  It’s is it FUNCTIONING for you?

Here’s a few tips on using your list to the power of one – YOU!!

When you’re compiling your list, you’re just writing things as they come to you.  They aren’t in any order of importance. That’s how our brains work.  After you have your list though, establish your priorities, but don’t overcomplicate the matter.  What I mean is, don’t take a great deal of valued time mulling over which should be 1st and which should be 2nd.  If they are both high priority, work to get them both done on target.   Paying your utility bill and taking your child to their dentist appointment will both be high priority and may need to be done on the same day, so which is on 1st and which is on 2nd isn’t worth heavy deliberation.  Doing the laundry may be on your list for the day, but doesn’t hold the same priority level.

Have an area at the bottom of your list for tasks that you’d like to get done at some point down the road.  They can come under your SDS (Some Day Soon) category.  Tasks such as sorting through and organizing recipes, but use it as a reminder, not as a whipping branch.  It’s just to keep it in your thoughts and not forgotten.

Are you like me, in that you get great satisfaction from crossing or checking things off your list?  For instance, on days when I have a big ‘chore’ to-do list, if I do something that isn’t on the list – I have actually WRITTEN it down, after the fact, mind you, just so I could have the satisfaction of crossing it off!!   I know…. it’s cRaZy, but I do it all the same!  I find it rewarding to cross things off.  And rewards are important.  In fact, giving yourself a small reward is very important if you’re the type that needs some extra ‘spurring on’ to get through your list.

Remember, YOU are master of the list, not the other way around.  Make it your ally. Do priority items and carry over your SDS list to another day. Reward yourself for getting things crossed off and at the end of the day, you’ll be shouting ‘TA-DA!!!!’

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