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I don’t know about you but I am always writing out to do lists. Lists for things at home, work, errands to run. You name it – I have a list for it.
For years I found myself creating these lists and never getting anywhere. I wasn’t making progress on getting things accomplished and I was getting beyond frustrated. That is until I discovered a new way of making my lists – a productive breakdown that allowed me to reach my goals and get things done.
Today I would like to share this new way of making to do lists and help you find progress in being more productive than ever.
The first step in any to do list is to figure out where your focus needs to be. What is your overall goal? This is what your list is going to become centered around. The more clear you are on what this goal is the easier it will be to achieve.
Purpose To Take Action
Why do you want this? What is it about this goal that makes you dedicated to reaching it? With this purpose to take action you have an emotional attachment to your goal – thus making you even more hungry to reach it than before.
For example – you set a goal to reach 10 sales above your average for this month. Christmas is coming up and you want to be able to get your daughter the bike she’s been talking about for months on end. This has emotional drive and attachment to your goal. You’ll do whatever it takes to hit those ten sales – and get your daughter the bike of her dreams.
The why (purpose) behind your goal is the most important. It is the emotional fuel to keep the fire going when challenges show up along the way.
Your Action Plan
You have an outcome and your emotional drive behind it – now it is time to come up with a plan to achieve this goal. These are the steps you need to take in order to become successful. Each step is a mini-milestone in reaching the overall goal.
I find that breaking my plans down into 15 steps or less is key. The beauty of this is that you don’t necessarily have to complete all 15 steps in order to achieve your goal. What do I mean by this?
Most times – you will find that a small number of actions taken provide the greatest results. This is the 80/20 rule. 20% of the action you take in life makes 80% of the difference.
In order to implement this rule all you need to do is take your list of steps and break it down by importance. Put a star next to the top things you need to do in order to reach your goal. Then take these top priorities and guesstimate the time commitment for each step.
Once you have done this start working on each starred step – I find that it is best to start the step with the most time commitment and the one with the least at the same time. Sometimes you’ll be able to accomplish one to three tasks all while working on the largest task at hand.
It is entirely up to you to make the decision to commit to an entirely new way of planning out your life. Making that emotional attachment to goals is what will set you up for success each and every time. Even when a wrench gets thrown into your action plan – you will continue to have the drive to achieve great things. It is all how you look at life and your why behind each new goal.