‘Oh that my steps may be steady, keeping the course you have set’ – Psalm 119:5 msg
I have tossed my daily TO DO list and now work on an I WILL list. Simply thinking about ‘what I should do’ verses ‘what I will do’ is a perspective shift that has helped me to move forward.
Alongside my I WILL list I now have checklists. Many activities require a number of steps, as if putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Once I determine what I will do, I look at what must be done to complete that task.
An example would be writing this post. I work it out like this:
- determine the topic
- open the software so I may type as phrases or particular words come to mind
- type, delete, type, repeat
- proof read for spelling/grammar
- set categories
- set tags
- schedule the post
To you, this may be excessive. Perhaps for you it all comes naturally and impulsively. I used to be able to do that as well. I don’t know if it is aging, time of life, or just a cluttered mind
By breaking it down, I stay on course, feel a sense of accomplishment and realize that I am closer to my goal with each step.
What works best for you? How do you stay on top of your TO DO lists and accomplishments?
I stand in the bathroom looking at 2 overfull laundry baskets. I swear I just did laundry a couple of days ago, where does it all come from?
I’d like to put it off, but, alas, clean clothes are a must; so I get started.
The first load I do is the towels. Why, you ask, would you make towels first? Here is how I look at it.
The pile of laundry looks like a mountain. If I take out the towels, the mountain has shrunk way down to a manageable hill.
Towels do not wrinkle, so if I do them last I am likely to leave them in the dryer and not complete the task of removing them and putting them away. However, if I have another load ready for the dryer, the task must be completed.
When facing other piles of obligations, to do lists, priorities, etcetera I like to use the same principle. What one thing, when completed or even just started, would make the mountain into a hill I can easily manage?
I find once that big item is in the works, the others often fall easily into place. I am energized and able to move forward.
What processes do you use to keep yourself focused and motivated?