We’ve all heard about making lists. A to-do list is something I write for myself daily. It gives me intentions, a purpose and simply outlines the next steps I need to take. However list-making can delve into many different facets of our lives, not just what we’re doing this week. This blog post is simply a few collated ideas of lists to make to simplify and improve your life - taking away the time wasted on procrastination or when you get stuck on what to do next!
2. 'Not-To-Do' List:
It’s easy to become overwhelmed with everything on your plate. However, with a little prioritisation, things have the potential to become a lot more manageable. This is exactly where my ‘Not-To-Do List’ came in handy. Rather than being a list of things you’ll really never do, it’s designed as a list of things to ‘come back to later’ or that simply just ‘aren’t a priority’. It’s the perfect place for pipe dreams, future ideas or purchases you wish to make in the future. However at this current point in time, they aren’t of immediate priority. Having a list like this is super reassuring to anyone who hates forgetting things, or someone who has creative bursts and ideas. It’s a place to write them down, and almost release them to a safe place where yo I can come back to them when the time is right. You might find things sit in this list for a while, however you might be surprised when you suddenly have the opportunity to tick off something from this list. Things on my to-do list may include ‘return forms’ which I have months to complete or even to ‘buy silk pajamas’! I like to review this list every week as a part of my Sunday GYST just to see if I can transfer anything from my ‘Not To Do List’ to my ‘To Do List’.
3. 'Before You Leave Home' List:
If you don’t have the best of memory or you’re always that person who leaves something at home, this list is super helpful! Some people have more of a ‘forgetry’ than a ‘memory’ - as my grandmother would say - and there is nothing wrong with that! But there certainly is something you can do to help. Write this simple list outlining the things you need to commonly take, do or put together before you leave home. This could expand from ‘grab glasses’ to ‘lock front door’ etc. It’s easy to forget small tasks like that when everything is super busy, and you can even lose touch with habits you’ve had for years! Keep this simple list near the door or where you store your car keys so you can quickly work through it on your way out!
4. Packing List:
This seems simple, but it’s amazing how many people haven’t considered writing a packing list. At the end of the day, the list of items we pack for ourselves when travelling is pretty similar every trip. Commonly, it’s only the season of clothing that changes! Construct a simply packing list to remind you of all your essentials to pack. This makes the process a lot easier and it requires a whole lot less brain power! Besides, it’s also a great way to ensure you have put everything back into your bags at the end of the trip to prevent yourself from leaving items behind!
5. 'Project Action' List:
We all have things we do routinely. For me, it’s writing a blog post or working through my Sunday GYST, because I know I’m repeating that process regularly I’ve constructed a Project Action list that breaks down what each ‘project’ will require of me. For example, my Sunday GYST project action list is what became the basis of the Sunday GYST printable. I simply listed every task or component of the project I need to complete in an orderly fashion. I’ve realised that even when writing a blog post, it’s easy for me to dive in and then get stuck half way. However having this list to fall back on reminds me of my next step and the logical process that will almost guarantee the success of me completing the project. For you, you may have to commonly write reports at work, or specific emails to clients. Having a list of actionable tasks in order of how you need to complete them enables you to always know where you’re heading.
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Lists really can reduce a lot of stress, thought processing time and worry. These were just a few ideas of lists I’ve found useful and effective, however perhaps you have some ideas I haven’t heard of yet! Share them with us by leaving a comment in the comment section of this post!
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