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Do you like to make to-do lists? Me too. I actually have a kind of love hate relationship with them. When I learned about making to-do lists in the 3rd grade, I was so excited I didn’t just make to-do lists, I made lists of everything! I had lists of things to accomplish, toys I owned, toys I wanted, chores I needed to do, friends, etc. After a little while, I started getting overwhelmed and didn’t know how to manage all of my lists. Instead of asking for help, I decided I just wasn’t a list person and threw them all away.

There are many ways that you may use a list but today I will address to-do lists. To-do lists are a tool like anything else. If you are using a to-do list the wrong way, you won’t get the results you want. Just like using a screw driver to hammer in a nail isn’t as effective as using a hammer, using a to-do list to categorize every aspect of your life is not effective either. I will give you three easy steps to making and accomplishing the most important things on your list.

  • The first step of to-do lists is simple, all you have to do is write down everything you need to get done in the day. Everything that comes to mind is great, just write it down. If you want to take your to-do list to the next level, you can choose different categories and choose one thing to accomplish in each category. For example, you might have, health, finances, family, community, etc. The categories you choose are individual to you and your circumstance. You may start with 2-3 categories and decided to add more later.
  • The second step is to decide the three most important things to get done on your to-do list and circle them. Those three are the ones you focus on first. Get those three done and if that is all you get done, give yourself a pat on the back because you just completed the most important things on your list! If you get those three done and you are ready for more then choose three more and keep going. Many times as I start to complete the top three things on my list, other things on my list just naturally happen along the way. You may find that you come back to cross one of the first three off of your list to find you have completed other things on the list as well.
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  • The third step is my favorite, celebrate! Whether you complete one thing or twenty, celebrate your successes! Too many times you don’t recognize your accomplishment and hard work and then you don’t want to finish anything else. Take the time to celebrate all you have accomplished. Tomorrow will come and there will be more to do, so enjoy a minute today and celebrate all you have done!

Do you have any helpful tips or tricks for completing or making lists? Share in the comments so we all can enjoy!

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