If you aim at nothing – you will hit it every time – Zig Ziglar
Notebooks, scratch paper, post-its, back of a napkin or an old envelope. I write notes.
A lot of them.
I think it’s important to get all that floating in my head down on paper so I can track it. I often end my week by going through a stack of notes on my desk or in my purse, crossing off things that I have done – ACCOMPLISHMENT!
I love a big, thick, black sharpie squeaking across the page – SUCCESS.
I then take out a new piece of paper and put all of the unfinished items on there. If these same items continuously end up overflowing to the next week they take special consideration.
Do I still want/need to do this one?
If yes, Why am I procrastinating? >>> Determine the Barriers >>>
Break it down into smaller steps >>> Accomplish >>> Reward
If really an icky task, plan a small reward for getting it done – a bath, an hour in the backyard with a good book, a special piece of dark chocolate, it doesn’t matter what it is but there is a special pleasure in an indulgence that I have earned because I have accomplished a task.
The real magic in planning isn’t in hitting the mark 100% of the time, it’s how much further along you are getting 67% of planned tasks done than have no planned tasks. Or goals that were never written down and scheduled, which are actually called wishes.
If no, Let it go.
I remove it from the list and my mental space so I can focus on what is actually important to me. If it’s something that I think I’ll come back to at a later time, I’ll stick that note in a file folder in my file cabinet labeled Goal Planning. This is a special folder that holds a lot of scrap papers that I may or may not have got to yet.
If I have done it, it’s fun to look back at that big, thick, black sharpie line.
If I have not done it yet, I can reevaluate at that time – Do or Nah? It’s up to me.
But, it’s not lost in space where it would be if I never scribbled it down in the first place.
ACTIONABLE STEP: Get out a piece of paper and write down all of the things you want to get done this week. Pick 3 to do today – put those on a Monday post-it note. Cross ’em off with a big black sharpie as you go. Rinse, wash, repeat T, W, TH, F. By the end of the week you’ll have accomplished 15 things. If you only do half of them, you’ll still have more than 7 accomplished. But, IF you add in the weekend, it could be 21! At the end of the week, you can review all of your daily post-its, and decide if you still want/need to do those items and add them to your next week’s list.
P>S> Comment with your best note taking strategy or let me know if you try this out and get any big wins this week – how much more can you get done with some lists?