Do you find yourself creating to-do list? Lists are my favorite. I love to create to-do lists and I literally create one almost every day. It’s like I just write down everything that comes to my mind so my lists tend to be long and almost impossible to complete. I noticed my to-do lists weren’t giving me the motivation like the used to… as I marked one thing off the list, I got more excited and motivated to finish the entire list. However, as my lists grew longer and impossible to complete, all my motivation was gone. Have you ever felt the same way?
Overstuffed agendas are just like cracks in the pavement. They can trip you and bring you down. “If your list is too long, you’re going to feel defeated because what you do accomplish is just a drop in the bucket,” explains organizing expert Julie Morgenstern. Extra-long to-do lists are good for only one thing… draining your energy.
To make your goals achievable, think of every day as a container, “You’re only going to fit so much,” says Morgenstern. Then become a “time realist” as your write down approximately how long each task will take and when you can actually accomplish it. If your list is conquerable, you will feel empowered instead of overwhelmed.
In efforts to regain my to-do list motivation, I’ve started creating lists that are practical. I know myself well enough that if I just worked 10 hours, I’m not really going to go to the post office, grocery store, and return something at the mall. I certainly don’t have enough time in a day to complete all of that! My to-do lists are much more responsible now and it’s helped me gain more motivation to actually complete them because of it. Create a list that you can actually complete, it will make you feel better and create more motivation!
Are you a to-do list kind of person?