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Liz Andra Shaw

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Do You Have the To Do List Blues?

June 30th, 2017
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I keep a To Do list, but I never get it all done. It usually demotivates me to see all those things unchecked at the end of the day. Recently, though, I learned I can turn it around by keeping a Done List.

I keep a master list in Trello. This is a completely free, easy to learn way of keeping lists, planning projects, meal planning, and more.

In the morning I go into my master list and copy To Dos into Notepad sitting on my desk.

Once I have all my To Dos listed, I hit enter a few times and create my Done list. This is where I write down all the things I actually did. For instance, in the middle of folding laundry (which is on my To Do list), I might remember that I needed to run to the Dollar Tree to pick up a birthday card (which is not). It doesn’t matter that it’s not on my To Do list. I’m still going to have to do it. So off I go, and when I get back, I put it in my Done list.

Usually I do much more than is on the To Do list. This helps remind me that I really am getting things done and motivates me to do even more.

I started this process because I have an A.N.T. (automatic negative thought) that says “You’re lazy, Liz.” Having a long To Do list with a lot of things left undone reinforces the A.N.T., and we don’t want that! Creating the Done list gives me visual feedback that contradicts that A.N.T. At the end of the day, I look at it and say out loud, “I was really productive today. Wow. I rock!” Or something like that. I know it sounds silly, but it works. I don’t hear that A.N.T. nearly as much anymore and never on days when I am keeping my Done list.

Hey! Don’t forget to put something fun just for you on your list! Taking that time for yourself is productive and will reinvigorate you to attack your other tasks.

How do you manage your To Dos?

Credit: Thanks to Julian Partridge for the To Do list photo.

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Liz Andra Shaw

Journey into the Creative Mind of a Writing Reader