Escape the Tyranny of to Do Lists
We focus on crossing off tasks not related to our goals to feel accomplished.
Life can feel like an endless list of things you need to finish. We all have obligations for work, home, and social lives. It’s easy trying to be everywhere for everyone and forget what you need to focus on. To do lists are helpful for staying organized. They also can cause us to lose sight of the most important things and focus on menial “busy” tasks.
Our goals and dreams can take a back seat in order to get everything done. Those activities can be time-consuming and require a lot of effort. We put them on the back burner and procrastinate.
You need to create a “must do” list to stay on track. Prioritize this over your endless errands. Put it on the top of every to-do list and around your house if it keeps important actions at the forefront of your mind. That will help return to your bigger purpose for the day if you get off track.
It’s easy trying be everywhere for everyone and forget what you need to focus on.
You will feel better about your day focusing on your must-do activities. No one enjoys asking themselves “Where did my day go?” at the end of it. This shows lack of control and discipline during the day.
Don’t let the day dictate what you do. You always will have more email to respond to. Keeping up with constant distractions is working for other people’s agendas. If the individual is impatient, acknowledge in a polite way you have their email or message and will respond once you are available.
Complete you must do list as early as possible. Life is too hectic to risk doing it later. This gives you an accomplishment at the start of your day to build momentum on.
No one enjoys asking themselves “Where did my day go?” at the end of it.
Your day could be so busy you don’t know what your must do list is. Find out what you want to improve and change about your life. An early morning walk or run will get you needed fresh air. Your mood will be a lot better after. If you are spiritual, set aside time to read scripture or for prayer. Wake your body up with a good lifting session at the gym. Start writing that article that came to you in the middle of the night. Read that book you say you don’t have time for.
Keeping up with constant distractions is working for other people’s agendas.
The most successful people focus on what they must do throughout the day. They don’t get caught up in tasks that aren’t urgent. We all have the same amount of time. Our choices dictate what we focus on. Take the actions that help you win the day first.