Why a ToDo list might make things worse

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Todo lists can be a great way to get
stuff done, be more productive and focussed,
but can also contribute to feelings
or frustration and overwhelm,
if they take over – and here’s why;
Often people can;
 
Feel they’re chasing their tail all the time.
Being undecided on what to do first
Choosing the “quick and easy” tasks over the important stuff
Finishing the end of day
(often at midnight) and still chasing the carrot on the stick,
and feeling like nothing was accomplished.
Often this ‘productivity frustration’
can have a knock on effect to food choices,
and exercise patterns
(When one area of life starts to spiral or stress you, it OFTEN has a knock on effect to other areas. This is why it’s crucial to be balanced in daily life)
 
BUT
 
ToDo Lists can work well for people, but only if you follow 3 things;
 
1) Set yourself 2-3 “Must Do” items, and set these as ABSOLUTE priorities. As in “If nothing else gets done today these 2-3 things WILL.
 
2) Your productive and focussed (See yesterdays post on saying “no!”) and crack on with these Must Do items first thing.
 
 
3) You TOTALLY understand that you’ll rarely get EVERYTHING done, and that by not getting everything done………. everything WILL BE OK!
Really, the world will not collapse, and right here, right now, you’ll be good.
 
 
 
Out of all of them Number 3 is pretty important.
See, many people stress like hell over the “feeling”
of not getting things done, or “completing the list”.
 
For sure, if you’ve sat with your feet up watching TV,
you don’t qualify, but even if I gave you
36 hours in a day, rarely would you get EVERYTHING done ——
As regular as the sun rises, there will ALWAYS be things to do.
 
It’s about knowing WHAT is CRUCIAL, and what isn’t.
 
What will bring the money in.
What will release the biggest stress.
What will save the most time.
What will bring the biggest happiness.
What will reduce the most frustration.
 
 
 
I like to think I’m pretty productive –
you don’t last 15 years running a number of
businesses yourself by pot-lucking tasks,
waiting for things to ‘come to you’,
and panicking over everything and anything.
 
As I often talk about, it’s the CLARITY you have on things that starts the ball rolling.
 
So yes, use a Todo list, be focussed
and dedicated, but bear the steps above in mind – only if you wish of course 🙂
 
 
 
Hope it helps, and as always,
feel free to ask for help if you’re feeling disconnected,
after all we ALWAYS feel and act much better when in control right?
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