“My to-do list is so long that it doesn’t have an end; it has an event horizon.”

~ Craig Bruce

Hello, my name is Katy and I’m a list kind of gal.

I write lists of books I’d like to read.  I have lists full of quotes that I’ve come across and would love to share or use.  I make lists of places I’d like to go and what I need to bring with me.  I make a list for who I want to be, want I want to do with my life (and my passion) and all that I hope to have and accomplish by living my passion.

And yes, I make ToDo lists.  But not just any measly ol’ ToDo list.  Nuh uh, not me…I make a Master List, a Weekly List and at least a couple times a month, a Daily List.

Yes, I am that gal!

Funny thing, for some reason, I seem to have decided (without my conscious knowledge and/or permission) to have taken the entire month of July off.

No really, the last list I have is dated week-ending July 1st and it’s now early August.  Seems that as much as I depend on my ToDo lists, I just never got around to making any in July.

I’ll tell myself it’s because I keep track of tasks with my weekly accountability partners…but really, that’s not completely true.  In fact, for the past 3 weeks, I’ve commented on how I haven’t created a ToDo (or a ToDone) list and therefore, I didn’t get nearly as much done as usual.

I first started using ToDo lists effectively about five years ago now. I was listening to a teleseminar (I have no idea who with) when the coach mention that your list should never be longer than three items.

Make that three priority items.  The reason you stick to only three items is so that you can be successful each day. Each day you actually get to look back and see that you’ve accomplished something.

Me, I find that I work better with a list for the entire week – which includes business tasks and personal tasks.

I’ve found that if it doesn’t make it to my list, it doesn’t get done. And in my book, two lists (one business and one personal) would just be one more thing to keep track of.  So it’s one larger, weekly ToDo list for me.

In case you need a little prompting to start a ToDo list of your own, here are some things I get from keeping a list.

Five Reasons I Use a ToDo List

  • It keeps me focused.  Without my list to look at, I seem to forget all I want to accomplish each week.  Which of course means I fritter away my days doing a whole lot of nothing.   While bouts of nothingness can be good and even relaxing from time to time…too much nothing time tends to mean too little income.
  • It keeps me looking forward.  Which is completely different than just being focused.  When I have a ToDo list in front of me, I tend to not waste my days thinking that there’s always tomorrow to work on this task or another. Because you see, tomorrow has its own set of things that need to get done.
  • It keeps me accountable.  To me, this whole thing is more than just a ToDo…my list is also a TaDone!list.  It shows me all that I’ve accomplished during the week.  And every Sunday I can look over my list and share with my Accountability Partners what I did for the week.
  • I see my forward movement and my action. I say it over and over, imperfect action beats perfect inaction each and every time.  Keeping a ToDo list let’s me see and track my forward actions.  When I look back over my weekly lists (and yes, I do look back), I can see all the forward movement I’ve accomplished.
  • It helps me to prioritize.  I know what needs to be focused on.  If it’s not on my list, it doesn’t need to get done.  For many, if it’s not on the list with a big ol’ dollar sign next to it (meaning it’s part of a money-making and earning plan) then it’s definitely not a priority.

This week I’m tasking you with creating your own ToDo list…whatever that means to you: weekly, daily, monthly, overall (or master).  Just play with the experience over the next couple of weeks and see how that feels.

ACTION PLAN: Set aside 10-15 minutes today (or tomorrow) to create your ToDo list.  Do this each week (or day) for a couple weeks and then share your results with me.  Let me know what works and what doesn’t work for you.