A website I often quote over at The Color Coded Life is The Muse. They offer amazing career search and job information, as well as listings of insanely awesome jobs that I rarely see anywhere else. I get their weekly emails and awhile back, one of them talked about how you could revamp your To Do list in a “mind blowing” way (their word). Obviously, with that kind of title, I had to check it out.
If you couldn’t tell from the name of my personal blog, I love everything organized and in it’s place. And I am a HUGE fan of To Do lists. Mine are often color coded (depending on whether it’s a work item, life item, bill, etc) as well as organized into different sections. However, I often suffer from the always-adding-never-crossing-off syndrome.
This has the effect of making my To Do list seem like a never-ending list of doom. However, since I can’t help but make one, I figured I would try out the new method suggested by The Muse post. According to entrepreneur Robyn Scott, the way to change your To Do list is simple:
Some of you may be thinking – what the what? But don’t give up on this yet.
She suggests that you “create a few categories that appeal to how doing that task makes you feel . . . [such as] ‘highly helpful’ for introductions and advice giving, ‘basic decency’ for thank you notes and keeping promises, or ‘massive relief’ for tax returns and booking travel.” [emphasis added]
Further, Scott states that you should, “Make the emotion dramatic. I’ve used ‘triumphant,’ ‘massive relief,’ etc. This increases the allure. It also helps rule out tasks you shouldn’t be putting on your list in the first place. If you’re adding a task that’s not important, difficult, helpful, or nasty enough to deliver more than neutral feelings on completion, you think twice. Experiment with fun and fear. At the moment, all the states or emotions on my list are positive. But I’ve had some success using terms like ‘avoids physical and psychological meltdown,’ ‘keeps you on the right side of the law.’”
Since I sometimes tend to put off items on my To Do list because I just don’t feel like making the effort, I thought I would try her tips and see how they worked.
Seriously though, I was kind of shocked at how effective it was. I really didn’t think it would make that much of a difference, but I was able to check off almost all of the items I put on my list over the course of two days.
I would absolutely recommend this method to anyone who wants to make a to do list that actually works!
Until next time!