I have a large white board in my kitchen and another by my desk and every day I wipe the boards clean and write a fresh list of things I need to do or people I have to speak to before the day ends.
I wipe the chores off as I achieve them and my aim is to have an empty board by the evening. It doesn’t always happen but sometimes I set myself rather large challenges!
The kind of things I have to remind myself about could be:- making phone calls, defrosting tomorrow’s dinner, writing a blog, preparing music for a party or radio show, bathing the dogs, writing a letter: Important meetings or just random, simple things which I could easily forget. My memory isn’t the best and I’m easily lured into doing fun stuff instead if I don’t keep checking my lists.
I never do my shopping without a list. As I run out of items in my larder, I jot a reminder on the corner of my kitchen board so that when I place my grocery order, I can check that I’ve not forgotten anything. I know that if I have to make another trip to the supermarket for an item I’ve forgotten it will not only cost me more time but I’ll end up buying things I don’t really need.
My holiday packing list is a source of eternal amusement for my family and friends. We often have large group holidays and my friends all make fun of me when I start writing my list of essentials to take with me. I’m usually the one that has the last smile though, when one of my pals has forgotten to pack a corkscrew, anti - diarrhoea tablets, spare batteries or some other item that is vital to the success of the trip!
The list that is most important though is a life goals list. This is the list you should have, even if you don’t make any others.
It’s essential to write down a list of the things you want to do, own, achieve or see in the coming year or so. If you don’t have a list of things you want, you’ll never make a plan and
It’s so easy to fall into the habit of just drifting through life. But one day you notice that too much time has passed and you’ve never got around to doing all the things you fleetingly dreamed that you would.
Write a list now. Make a note of, let’s say ten things you would like to do, learn or own. Maybe a place you would love to visit. Now here’s the trick: you need to read this list every day, several times a day even. Keep the list in your wallet or somewhere you will easily see it every day. On your bedroom wall is a good place so that your eyes fall on it every morning as you get up. Read your list from 1-10 and think about how good you are going to feel when your dream comes true because dreams do come true when you believe they will. You may have heard it said before: what we think about comes about.
Now keep alert and looking for signs that will take you where you want to go. When opportunity knocks, open the door and let it in.
When you cross something off your list, replace it with something else.
Lists can be fun and lists can save you time, money and give you a huge sense of achievement.
Start your list now. There’s no need to wait until a Monday or pay day or the next New Year’s Day. Just do it and enjoy the sense of achievement whenever you cross something off.
Lists – you gotta love ‘em!