I love lists, I mean I’m a bit obsessed with them actually. I can’t start my day without first compiling a list of things to do. I can’t think about my future clearly without first compiling a list of goals and dreams. I can’t evaluate my success at work without compiling a list of my achievements. You get the point. I live by lists. I always have and I probably always will. Lists allow me to see everything that needs to be done, in one place in an organized manner.
The act of sitting down and jotting down a list, or two, of plans and aspirations, helps to put things in perspective. It allows me to think clearly about my life and where I’m heading, or think about where it is that I’ve been. Creating a proper list has the power to set the stage for the rest of your day, week, month, or even year. It has the power to help you achieve your end goal.
Never tried creating a list before? No worries at all. Today we are going to run through a list (see what I did there?) of things you can do to get you started.
First, you should go shopping. A solid notebook, to-do list pad, or journal is the first step in writing a successful list. If you find paper products that emulate your personality you’re more likely to stick to writing your lists because you enjoy utilizing the product. While you’re out shopping, it’s also important to purchase a pen, or two, that you can see yourself using on the daily. Personally I like using Pilot G2’s. They’re so smooth and comfortable to use!
Once you’re finished shopping, you need to set a schedule. You need to first, go about your day and jot down different times of the day where you think you would benefit from using a list. Once you have figured that out, it is time for you to create a plan for when you’d most benefit from creating your actual list. For me, I have a schedule that consists of me creating a to – do list for work each morning, a list every Saturday to help me with grocery shopping, a list at the beginning of each month showcasing items I need to purchase to help me with my blog post for the month, etc.
After you have set your schedule, it’s time to actually write your list. I like to find a quiet place so that I may think clearly. Jot down your ideas and you’re ready to go. There are several things that can call for a list: grocery shopping, goal setting, to-do’s for the day, a pros and cons list, packing list, etc. Your life is guaranteed to be made a little easier when you stop to create a list. It puts things in perceptive and is a tangible way of seeing what’s left in front of you.
List writing, may seem a bit tedious at first, but it’s actually a lot of fun, and it is a useful tool to help you organize your thoughts and achieve your goals.
Enjoy your list writing!