Monday motivation: make a to-do list and get 'er done

by Lindsay on September 27, 2010

in Personal Growth

Although thinking about your ‘to-do’ list is daunting on Monday mornings (let’s face it, sometimes walking out the door is challenge enough on Monday mornings) you will be putting your best foot forward when you make one.  If you start your week off right, then you can be at the top of your game and carry that momentum throughout the rest of the week.

Some of us are just natural list makers – we make to-do lists, grocery lists, shopping lists, reading lists, the list (haha) goes on. I happen to be one of those people!  To me, one of the most satisfying things to do is crossing something off my to-do list. I just love seeing the list dwindle. What better motivation to complete the rest of your tasks than to scratch one off the ‘ole list?

Some of us have probably never made a list before. Instead, you might carry it in your head. This week put what you’ve been holding in your head onto paper. Incomplete actions take up space in our awareness. If you’ve been feeling confused, unfocused, or scattered, getting this stuff onto paper will make you feel a bit more grounded and focused.

You can do this for both your personal life and professional life. Make your list and assign a specific date to get things done.

Just because I can’t possibly make a post about the benefits of to-do lists without a list, here’s one for you:

5 benefits to creating a to-do list

  • Creates focus on what you need to accomplish on any specific day/week/month
  • When you put something in writing, you can clearly see what your priorities are and can quickly prioritize tasks
  • Creates happy satisfaction and pride in yourself when you check a task off your list
  • Clears your mind which makes you feel calm and subsequently reduces stress
  • Making a list allows you to pace yourself  and feel less overwhelmed

Are you a list person? How does making lists benefit your life (or not)?

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{ 4 comments }

Patti September 27, 2010 at 7:40 am

Made my list…now to get everything on it done! Have a great day!

jenieros September 29, 2010 at 11:16 am

we have this in the office, too. we submit work plans every monday. it helps balance the workload. i love making lists, too. but oftentimes, i procrastinate. you’ll most likely to find items of lesser priority done first than the urgent ones.

ibroxmassive October 18, 2010 at 6:33 am

This has opened my eyes wide open! Wow!

tsanko October 18, 2010 at 10:02 am

Wonderful ..thanks a lot for posting a good informitive blog

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