It’s highly likely that you have a to-do list. Or at least, that you use one some of the time. Whether it’s a full-blown online GTD affair with deadlines and categories or a scribbled aide-memoire on the back of an envelope, the to-do list is an essential of the modern world.
Getting everything out of your head and onto paper or a screen is a great way to avoid overwhelm. It enables you to step back from your workload and plan a strategy for getting it done, as well as helping you free yourself from the mental ‘nudging’ your brain employs to stop you from forgetting things (often, unhelpfully, at 3am). And the offline version provides enormous satisfaction in the form of being able to strike things dramatically off your list when you have completed them.
Yet the to-do list can also be an oppressive taskmaster; its unticked items weigh heavy as we reach the end of the day and have to carry them over to tomorrow’s list. The cathartic and joyful scribbling out of the many things we have accomplished that day is spoiled by the silent accusations of the tasks that got away.
Step in the ‘got-done’ list. Stop beating yourself up with that unfinished to-do list and look at it carefully. Notice all those things you got done today and give yourself some credit for it. Whilst you’re there, note down all the other things you got done today that didn’t even make it onto the list: managing a tricky phone call; cheering up a friend with a timely hug; having that breakthrough business idea whilst you were in the shower… Create a got-done list every day and remind yourself of what a brilliant, productive person you really are. Celebrate all your wins. Then you can face that to-do with a confident smile.
What did you get done today? Shout it from the rooftops! And if you’d like to feel even better about yourself, give me a call and let’s see how we can work together to make your life really sparkle.
PS Want to see my biggest ever ‘got-done’ list? It’s here.