Last week, I talked about giving yourself permission to succeed and not being the barrier to your own success. This is my new promise to myself, and I believe I’m making progress in that arena.
One of the first things I did was log into Google Wave and delete my To Do List. I didn’t need that long, insurmountable list of things I should have been doing. It felt so freeing not to be bound by that intimidating list anymore.
The next thing I did was even more important to me than the first… I started a new list.
- Subject: Current Date
- Body: Bullet point Got Done List!
There is something amazing about seeing the list get longer and longer when it represents things being done instead of things you have to do. It’s energizing and encouraging. At the end of the day, I move that day’s Got Done List to the “Daily Completed” folder.
For those of you thinking “yeah, but if I don’t have a list of everything I have to do, how am I going to remember it all? I have a strategy for that too! If it’s important enough to be on a Must Do list, put it on your calendar. This way, you still have the visual reminder without the pressure of an arm long list of things to do.
If you know that every Tuesday you have to do a dry cleaning run, don’t put it on the to do list, put it on your calendar. Grocery shopping on Saturday? Calendar. Need to schedule your annual physical? You guessed it.
Not only does this take away the pressure of the never-ending list, it also gives you a concrete date and time to get it done and keep from procrastinating. Then you get to add it to the awesomeness that is the Got Done List!
What are your strategies for getting things done without being oppressed by the dark cloud that is the To Do List?