I want to help you not just survive, but THRIVE in these crazy times. Yes, it is an uncertain time and there are things that we won’t be able to control – but it doesn’t have to be an obstacle, it can be an opportunity.
For 7 weeks I am going to send you a daily dose of inspiration, because if we set our compass right, we can sail through this!
“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be” – Abraham Lincoln
Tip # 29: Write a ‘Could Do’ List (the fun best friend of the ‘To Do’ List)
A ‘Could Do’ list is a place to keep all the things that you could do… the things that are not top priority this week, but would be fun/useful/satisfying to do. There’s no pressure here – just a pool of inspiration to draw on when you are deciding what to do next.
A ‘To Do’ list should be short, allowing you to prioritise the most important tasks and habits to move you forwards this week. By including on it ONLY the things that are most important and that you can realistically get done this week, you supercharge your ‘To Do’ list. An impossibly long ‘To Do’ list looming in front of you (or dragging unfinished behind you) is both demotivating and overwhelming. When your ‘To Do’ list is short and achievable, it will fuel you forward to achieve more and feel more energised.
“What about all the other stuff” you ask? This is where a ‘Could Do’ list shines!
You can have multiple ‘Could Do’ lists. Perhaps one for each goal or project you are working towards. This is where you put all the tasks or actions that you think of that would help move you towards a goal, but that you have not prioritised today. They are safe here, you won’t forget them. Wonderfully, they become a pool of possibilities – to draw on when you feel lost, unmotivated or just find yourself with time and energy and can dive right in.
You go into the week knowing that you are likely to knock off a bunch of things off your ‘Could Do’ list – but they haven’t crowded your ‘To Do’ list. This tip should help you feel more on top of things by connecting with your power to choose where you direct your energy.