Why is it that some people are successful at
running a marathon, while others find it difficult to incorporate exercise into their lives? Could it be that some people are more organized than others? For those who seem to accomplish a lot in one day or at least more than others, could it be due to their personality type or have they learned to implement methods which help them to reach their goals? It could be a little of both, but for me it’s all about the “to-do list.” In fact I must confess that I often hear myself repeating this phrase to
my husband over the course of a weekend, “Don’t put off till tomorrow what you
can do today!” It sounds simple to me….
It is so easy to make excuses for not getting to the things we say we need to do, whether it be exercise or other tasks around the house or office. In fact, writing this article or blog has been on my to do list for some time, but I kept prioritizing other items above it. How do we reach the point of taking action and getting the job done? For me, it requires making a list and sometimes multiple lists. To stay organized, I keep a running list of the things I need to do or would like to do. I include exercise on my list as well as all the other tasks I would like to accomplish throughout the day, week or month. Some items are more timely than others and often times I will then create a daily to do list from my master list. The visual is extremely helpful as I go about my day as I often refer back to my “list” many times, to make sure that I stay on track.
The best part about list-making is the satisfaction one gets from crossing items off the list once they are accomplished. I love nothing more than to see my list fully crossed off at the end of a day. It makes me feel like I was successful in making good use of my time as well as knowing that I accomplished what I set out to do. There are so many distractions today that can keep us away from our goals. For instance, every day I see people spending inordinate amounts of time chatting with co-workers, checking twitter, reading social media content, watching television, etc. All adding up to less productivity at the end of the day. By utilizing a task list, one can visualize the wants, needs and goals that are written on the paper, making it easier to stay on task.
For those tech-savvy folks who have become more attached to their smartphone or ipad, a quick google search for listmaking apps will offer you a plethora of options to choose from; Wippee, Scribbles, WishPot, Wists, Boxedup, Listmaker, QuickList among others. Once you get into the habit of using lists, you may also enjoy making lists for other things like, wish lists, grocery lists, travel checklists, reading lists, gift lists, or a list of lists. So in essence, whether you prefer to utilize paper or an app, starting with a to-do list could be your first step to becoming more organized. Not only will it serve as a helpful reminder, but list-making can provide one with a sense of order or structure and can even help to relieve stress. Hmmm, seems like I am ready to cross off another item on my to-do list today!