With April just beginning, now is a fun time to reflect on your to do list, so you can stay motivated on what actually matters and keep a lid on the apparently ever-growing lists that can often overwhelm and distract you.
“The majority of people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”… Click To Tweet
Change one year to one day, and ten years to one year, and the very same applies. We often overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a year.
If you disagree, simply take a look at your to do list for today or even this week. Will you actually accomplish every little thing on your to do list in a day or a week?
The problem with most to do lists is they’re frequently more a compilation of should-do’s than must-do’s.
The distinction between the two depends on the degree to which you are clear about your goals and focused on doing exactly what it takes to achieve them.
If you want to make REAL, substantial, significant progress this year, try this approach:
Write down your 1-3 most important goals for the next 12 months.
Use a blank piece of paper. If you don’t remember them and/or have to go locate your to do list of goals to remember what they are, then consider it’s time to retune your goals.
This time around make sure they are modest enough to recall and find a way to keep them at the top of your mind.
If you don’t have any goals consider now is a good time to establish some. Make that the number one must-do on your to do list.
Goals are like a compass, and you won’t get very far without at least a few of them to keep you focused.
Use them to direct your focus and drive your choices of what you must do and will not do to ensure you make progress in what matters most to you and your business.
Take an authentic look at what you can remove, stop doing, or exchange.
Thoroughly consider your to do list, planner, task list, or whatever you use to keep track of what you need to do.
Which tasks are not necessary to reaching your goals this year? Or worse, which ones will take your attention away from the tasks that will lead you toward accomplishing your goals?
The list of things you could do is ever evolving. Developing a self-discipline in removing things that take you off-purpose is as vital as checking things off your to do list.
Consider the items on your to do list in terms of whether you said yes or chose yes.
Saying yes is not the same as choosing yes.
Saying yes suggests you put something on your to do list with the intention to actually getting it done.
Choosing yes of course means you have made a promise to do what you said you would.
Saying yes is easy and frequently the path of least resistance. Yet consider what you do to your stress, not to mention your integrity, when you try to handle more than you can actually deal with.
Choose wisely, and fight back the temptation to say yes just because it is easier than no or “I’ll do it later.”
When you use these 3 tips to change your “should do” list into a “must do” list, you may be surprised by how much you actually get done!
What approaches do you use to make sure you are using your time wisely?
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