Thursday, October 1, 2015

Start Your Day With a List

Feeling unaccomplished can be one of the worst sensations.  You become a judge harsher than Simon Cowell, negatively criticizing your actions each day.  You make yourself wrongly believe that you are going nowhere.  Once you start believing that your goals are failing and your tasks never get done, you lose any sense of motivation to complete the things that you have to do.  If you never can achieve anything, why start trying now?  This kind of thinking, especially at the beginning of the day, can actually stick you into a never-ending cycle of unproductiveness that is hard to escape.

Trying to reverse negative thoughts about your progress can be more difficult than the process of actually getting somewhere.  To get out of this vicious cycle, you literally need to prove to yourself that you are wrong, and people rarely enjoy admitting to that accusation.  Physical proof of your accomplishments is the evidence you need to turn your critical thinking around.  This evidence can be as simple as checking off a list.

Every morning, dedicate up to 5 minutes to brainstorming the tasks you need to get done and the goals that you would like to accomplish.  Think about everything from the menial chores, such as doing your laundry or buying some milk, to the more time-consuming missions like writing a page for your book or searching for a new car.  Try to come up with a list of both easy tasks that you definitely can accomplish and the complex steps needed to achieve one of your dreams.  As each idea pops into your head, write it down in a checklist that you can carry with you throughout the day.  As soon as you accomplish one of these tasks, check it off!  Each check proves that you did accomplish something.
At first, make your goal to try and check off at least one task a day.  Aim for the easiest task if it helps you to finish something that you need to do.  No matter how small or trivial the task may seem, that completion is still an accomplishment; it is a step forward.  After the checkmarks start adding up on your page, you will begin to realize that you are going somewhere in life.  This positive thinking will encourage you to continue chugging along, and positive thinking is a key component to actually being successful.  Once you are feeling motivated and eager to reach for your dreams, try checking off more difficult tasks.  You'll feel proud of all of your accomplishments. 

Continue adding to this checklist day after day.  Some tasks, like your biggest dreams, may be on there for a week, a month, or maybe even a year, and that is okay.  Having all your need-to-dos and want-to-dos written down will give you something that you can refer to, especially on those days where you are sitting, contemplating what to do next.  By having everything written down, you will be less likely to forget your chores and your goals; your list will be your constant reminder.  Eventually, you will be able to cross out those long-standing tasks.

Begin each day with some goals; check off at least one.  Your list of achievements will be endless. 

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