|Get rid of the "to-do" list and start working from a lifestyle list.|
There is nothing wrong with jotting down a list of tasks that require immediate attention. In fact, whenever I attempt a work day without collecting my thoughts on a list, I'm never sure of how the day will end. Some times I'm productive, other times not so much. But I can guarantee that if I utilize a to-do list, my outcomes will be more favorable.
That's all well and good but I realized that there's a huge aspect missing from my simple list of to-dos. My checklist typically consists of urgent items that need immediate attention. They're ultimately just a random grouping of one-off tasks.
What's missing is how they link up to my overall goals. There is a world of difference between checking off urgent tasks and creating an action plan to achieve your desired income. Ideally, a to-do list should look like a miniature version of your list of goals. If I have a goal to earn six figures a year, the actions that I do, day in and day out, should ultimately create a six figure outcome. If I have a goal to earn multiple six figures, then my
I was operating subconsciously, this morning, when I compiled my list of things to do. As I checked off the first item, I started feeling really good about my self. On to the next one! With a smile on my face, I worked quickly to tackle the next item. That's when it suddenly hit me. I asked myself, "If I repeated these same actions over and over again, will I easily reach my goal of earning multiple six figures?"
The answer was clearly "no." That's when I re-evaluated my list. There were crucial (high impact) actions missing that I immediately added. All actions are not created equal. Many of the tasks I typically do are low impact and low value actions. Some are moderate impact if I do them occasionally, but, if repeated day after day, will compound over time. Others, are high leverage and have the ability to create massive results.
The lifestyle creation list applies to every single intention we have, not just income goals. Your fitness goals should be reflected on your to-do list. Your skin care goals, relationship goals.....anything you want. If it's not written down on your daily action plan, then you aren't getting any closer. If you diligently apply this single piece of advice and make it a habit, you could really alter the course of 2016 and the years to come. A to-do list is something you probably do every day anyway, why not make it the most powerful goal achievement tool you have?