I seem to live in a cycle of going from feeling like I control my to-do list to feeling like my to-do list controls me. Every few months, I feel completely overwhelmed and become like this cat... just wanting to take a nap already! I never, ever can accomplish everything on my list. Yes, I can prioritize, cut, delegate, etc. but there has to be a better way to accomplish goals than using a to-do list.
So I gave up. I stopped keeping a to-do list. I transformed my to-do list into something inspiring... Keep reading to see what I'm doing now.
Maybe you've heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely) but have you heard of Magnetic Goals? Magnetic Goals pull us toward them. As we get closer to accomplishing our goals, we actually move faster and the achievement gets more and more attractive. So, I started transforming my to-do list by first transforming my goals into magnetic goals - they are goals that have me saying, "This is who I am becoming and who I want to be."
Then, instead of writing a to-do list for how to get there, I've found tremendous help from writing Magnetic Objectives. It's a little hard to explain so let me give you an fictional illustration.
Before (normal goal and to-do list)
Goal: By 30 days from now, I will organize my clothes closet.
To-Do: Throw away items that are worn out or broken beyond repair.
To-Do: Give away items that don't fit or I never wear.
To-Do: Figure out a strategy for arranging my clothes and buy materials to help.
To-Do: Take everything out and put everything back in with the new arrangement.
After (magnetic goal and magnetic objectives)
Goal: By 30 days from now, I will appreciate the clothes I have and have little desire to buy new items.
Objective: All clothes worn out and broken beyond repair are in the trash and I never have to deal with them in my way again.
Objective: My unused clothes have been given to an organization and people are wearing them, feeling confident, landing jobs, maybe even falling in love, and grateful for the generosity.
Objective: I can see all my clothes and it is easy to decide a perfect arrangement for them.
Objective: My clothes are perfectly arranged which enables me to decide what to wear in 1 minute or less.
Do you see the difference between the two? Which do you think you're more likely to accomplish?
How could you apply this to whatever your goals in life are right now? It might take a lot of creativity and thinking outside the box but, at least from my experience so far, it's worth it. So far, I've been remembering why I want to do things more and getting them done faster. Plus, I still get the satisfaction of checking and crossing off my objectives as they are completed... one of my favorite feelings!
Comment and share your story with your to-do list. I'd love to hear if you love it, hate it, or love to hate it and some strategies you've tried to improve your relationship with your goals, to-do list, or objectives.