Today we’re talking about To-Do Lists. Some people love them, others hate them. Hardly anyone is neutral on this topic.
I know it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the things on your to-do list. I get it. Building a coaching business isn’t easy and at times it can feel like a real uphill battle. I know what it’s like, every day I’m continually adding things to my “to do” list too. At the end of most days, my list has grown. In the past, I found it so frustrating, because it felt like I was forever chasing and never getting ahead! If I’m not careful I can waste more time looking at all the things I have to do instead of actually getting something, anything, done.
We put in so much time putting ourselves down for all the things we don’t do but we don’t recognize how much we accomplish and we forget to celebrate. We bypass the joy of celebration by holding the “don’t get enough done” carrot in front of our own noses so we’re never enough.
So to avoid overwhelm I’ve got a trick that I’ve used. I thought I’d share it with you too because that’s why I’m here. I want to help you in any way I can so you too can have a successful coaching business. So, how do I handle this common situation? I make a “reverse” to-do list and at the end of each day I get a feeling of accomplishment instead of feeling overwhelmed and it’s made all the difference.
I bet you’re curious, what exactly is a ‘reverse to do’ list?
Every time I finish a task, that was satisfying, challenging, or I had been procrastinating about I write it down in a notebook. It’s as simple as that. Once you start using this tip you will be amazed, it only takes a couple of days before you notice a real shift. You’ll begin to appreciate your progress and it feels rewarding. You will have changed your focus and as time progresses you will notice more easily and frequently the things you’ve actually completed. It’s a self-sustaining habit and a great way to reduce the panic of overload.
Here are the exact steps I practice:
- Get yourself a little notebook and keep it close.
- Throughout your day, write down the things that you complete. They can be big or small. Did you lose 5 pounds, or go for a 20-minute walk? Did you sit down to eat lunch away from your desk? Did you complete a major work project, or order the best cake for your daughter’s birthday party?
- At the end of each day, look at your notebook, if you haven’t written anything down, review the day and find at least 3 things that you completed and write them down. Notice how you are building a new habit of looking for and celebrating your successes, and it can take time to make the habit stick.
- At the end of each week, look at your growing list and choose your top 3. Circle or highlight them in your book.
- When you get to the end of the month narrow down the top 3 from each week to your top three for the month.
- If you wrote down 3 things each day for a month, the list is now close to 100 accomplishments long! It can be really satisfying to review the entire list from time to time. So consciously pat yourself on the back and choose to celebrate your success.
When you stick with this for one month after the first couple of days you’re going to notice the things you ARE getting done. You’re going to feel better about yourself. You’re going to get a better perspective on the volume of things you take care of, every single day. You’re going to learn the habit of celebrating your achievements. Truly, you will feel so much more confident and powerful and present in everything you do.
Will you try keeping a reverse to-do list? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to hear about your experience and what you found most helpful.
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