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I like to check things off my list.  I will admit it.  I always have, and yes, I have added things to the list that I have already done just so I could check it off.  But I will admit, I really hadn’t been going by a list for quite some time.  Sure, I create them, but that was the end of it. I had them everywhere, I had them in notebooks, on Trello, on my iPhone notes app…it was endless, but they were worthless.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to try weekly goals.  I created a list of 25 items – I know, but I am an overachiever – remember?  For the past 3 weeks I am absolutely stunned at the amount of work I have accomplished.  Things that have been on my list for YEARS are getting cleared away.  It is awesome.  I always knew lists were powerful and obviously great – especially for grocery shopping or I buy way too much.  I had never really harnessed the power though until now.

Much like I write down everything I eat and drink, now I also write down everything I do.  And not only do I do that, I put everything into categories.   My categories are:  Physical, Mental, Financial and Fun.  The Physical category was the one I was doing the most regularly, but I even changed that one up too.  Instead of daily goals, I established weekly goals and calorie counts.  It gives me something to work for.  It is motivating and also gives me a greater sense of accomplishment when I check off the items!

Here’s an example from my Mental Category:

I have a lot of books to read – books I own, books on my Kindle, books on iBooks, a whole shelf of bird books that I took from storage when I moved in …10 months ago to read, and also books on my Wish list and with a fantastic library across the street I want to take full advantage of while I am here.  So the past few months all I’ve done is check out library books.  Now I am accomplishing all of my goals weekly. In fact, I am even getting additional tasks done too.  It has redefined my time completely.  It is amazing.  I only wish I would have done it sooner. 

I love the sense of accomplishment as well as the tasks I am removing from my list.  As I created the list I also deleted a lot of items because they didn’t align with my current goals.  A clear focus is so needed in this age of information overload.  I feel my life is much more manageable now.  It took about 30 minutes to write the list to encompass everything I had to do and then replicate it every week.  I make changes, I add, delete, re-arrange, but it has given me a framework to complete the tasks that have overwhelmed me in the past. 

Let me know what you do to handle the information flow we are currently experiencing.  Hopefully we can all learn from each other and find the methods that work for our personality type.  This one change has made a huge difference in my life.

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