The Famous “To Do” List

sisterlister-TMDo you ever find that today’s “To Do” list looks a lot like yesterday’s list? It’s because without focus, we let our day get away from us and chores that were pressing yesterday, are even more pressing today.

It’s not the things that we DO that cause stress. It’s more likely the things that we DON’T do that allow stress to creep into our lives.

We worry about all the things that we haven’t completed and in some cases, haven’t started. We have deadlines looming and we can’t figure out how to get it all done. We can’t sleep. We can’t concentrate. And we are often at risk for disease because our bodies can’t handle the stress of our way too busy lives.

Let’s talk about strategies to get past that problem.

• First, write a list of everything you have to do, and ALREADY DID today – and then check them off!  I’m serious!  It will give you a great start to the day by realizing how much you’ve already accomplished.

• Second, write out the rest of your “Do Today” List. Put everything on it that you think you have to do today. Once you have your 100 or so items on that list, you will soon realize that you can’t do it all today.

• Go back through the list and decide which ones really can or need to be done today and highlight them.

• Now, looking at your remaining tasks, begin to move those items throughout the week to separate daily “Do Today” lists. As you move each remaining item, indicate on the original list which day it was moved to. If things look out of balance, move them again.

• Once all the items have been moved to the appropriate day, go back to “today’s list” and focus only on those items. As you complete each highlighted task cross it off with a pen.

• Remember though, as the week progresses, new things will need to be added to the ones you moved from the original list. Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed. This is a living list. It will change daily. Don’t be afraid to continue to make changes in the schedule.

• Don’t overload yourself and learn to delegate. Remember, the old saying, if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.  If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for life. Delegation takes a little work, but if you spend the time teaching someone how to do something, you won’t have to do it down the road.
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