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Lesson #27 – Keep a “To-Do” List

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Ray,

Today was the first day of classes for me. I got A LOT done in PLP office hours today and feel confident about kicking off the semester with our SD meeting and member meeting tomorrow! In addition, I got a final approval from Central Housing today to take an LSAT prep course. After that, I registered and secured my spot in the class I wanted!

In between it all, I got a lot of little things crossed off of my to do list! It has been a bit of a long day, but a pretty productive day as well! Talk to you soon!

Alexia

 

Ray,

This weekend was exactly what I needed! I was able to spend some time with my friends and my family, as well as get some work done! I was able to spend some time getting my to do list put together and making a plan for the week so that I can get as much done as possible! In addition, I was able to spend some quality me time and tons of playing with my dog time! I am feeling very refreshed and ready to go for the week!  See you in the morning!

Alexia

 

Ray,

Today has been quite a long day for not having much on my schedule. I have gotten a handful of things crossed off my to-do list, but I do have a lot left. It will have to make for a productive weekend! I’m tired and now off to bed! Can’t wait for our meeting on Monday… It feels like its been forever!

Alexia

Ray,

Today I had a very productive day at work, productive class and a pretty productive night as well. I had some me time and some friends time and also got a workout in. I still have a lot on my to do list for the week but I feel like I’m at a good spot as of now! I’m off to bed!

Goodnight,

Alexia

 

Lesson: Keep a “to-do” list.

If you want to get things done, you will need a “to-do” list. If you want to be a leader, you need items on your “to-do” list related to accomplishing your goals and the goals of the team. You want activities that will matter and make a difference in your life and the lives of others. Review your “to-do” list; if it includes things like “buy milk” and “stop by the bookstore,” then it is good you have those items captured. But what you really need is a list of the activities that are most important to reaching your goals and helping the team reach its goals. Don’t just think about what you have to do, but think about what is the most important thing you can be doing? Look at your “to-do” list and add the actions that will move your goals forward. Make sure those are prioritized so you get them done first. Then add all of the other smaller items swirling around in your head. But be sure to mark them a lower priority and fit them into the schedule vs. spending your time on the lower priority items and never getting to the activities that will make you successful and happy.

One important note; make positive relationships one of your top priorities. Nurturing positive relationships is an investment in your happiness and success.

 

Opportunity: Create a “to-do” list. Put a priority level next to each item. Do the high priority items first.

Activity: Schedule your to-do list

Make a list of things you need to do tomorrow and schedule each one on your calendar to hold yourself accountable. Make sure your most important activities get the highest priority times and the most cushion in your calendar. Check your calendar often and stick to your scheduled times.

At the end of the day, tomorrow, review your success. Check each item and confirm whether you were able to complete it or not. Did you schedule enough time to complete the activity? Did you schedule enough transition time and down time? Honestly evaluate your progress. Did you get side tracked by something unexpected? Was it more important than what you had originally planned or just more urgent?

Your schedule should remain flexible, so don’t worry about being perfect and never missing a scheduled activity. It is more about creating a habit, learning to budget enough time, and making sure the highest priority activities don’t get replaced by the lower priority activities.

 

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Your To-Do List is Your Life. What’s On Your List?

Look at your to-do list. Right now, right here, this is your life. The to-do list sitting on your desk is how you are going to spend your day and your life. Think about how you spent yesterday and the day before. Was it running around trying to get everything on your list done? Are you really busy now, hoping that eventually, you will get caught up, and then be able to relax and do what you want? Your to-do list is your life. It is a list of how you are choosing to spend your time each day. For some people that is a really good feeling, while for many others, knowing that your to-do list is your life is extremely scary.

The good news is you create your to-do list. You can always make a new list and change your direction. You can always choose to build a different life, starting today.

 

What’s On Your List?

Think about what is on your list and what you want to accomplish. Is your to-do list full of things that will make you better? Things that once accomplished you will feel good about? Does your to-do list have items that will make other people’s lives better? Is your to-do list filled with actions that will make you happier today or in the near future? Are you going to make a difference for someone today? Are the things you are going to do, going to matter for your family, your friends, and other people in the world?

 

What On Your List is Hard?

Some things on your to-do list are hard and you are not sure you can complete them successfully. But you can still enjoy trying. Hard work for a good purpose is worthwhile and will help you feel happier and accomplished.

 

Should I Do Things that Are Not Fun?

We all have things we have to do that won’t be pleasant. We can’t completely eliminate the mundane, the boring, or the things that are necessary but not fun. Our challenge is that, often, those things crowd out the good things in our lives. We get focused on doing and forget we are also supposed to be living and happy.

 

Re-Write Your To Do List

If you want to be happier re-write your to-do list. Start with a blank sheet of paper and at the top, prioritize the things that will matter or make difference for someone else. Add additional items that will make you feel accomplished or fulfilled; even if they are only baby steps that move you in the right direction. Then add the rest of the mundane, boring, and must do’s. Always make time for the items at the top of your list, and the bottom of your list will become easier and more enjoyable.

Your life is made up of todays not tomorrows. Don’t sacrifice your todays hoping tomorrow will be better. Create a happier to-do list today! Decide how you will spend your life today and every day.

 

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My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.

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