There are days when you don’t feel like moving even when you know there’s a lot of thing to get done either at work or at home. You may have made a to-do list the night before that is now posted on your refrigerator. And boy, that list is overflowing. And how I can relate to that overwhelming feeling of not having enough time to do everything listed and all you wanna do is lie down in bed, hidden in sheets and the chores just might go away. But whatever toss and turn you make, of course, they’d still be there.
Lucky I was able to read an article about eight months ago suggesting a practical tip on how to get moving and carry out what you are set to. Now let’s call it the three-item rule. But before you get to decide what this list would contain, there is one important consideration that you have to be clear with.
You have to realize that your overflowing list of chores is not realistic to get accomplished in a day. So a point of surrender is a very important consideration. I know how it feels especially for the control freaks because I am one too. But once that surrender or acceptance is done, it will be easier to go on and decide what must really get into your list.
Now, this three-item rule is a good way to establish a goal-oriented habit, a no-nonsense approach and ease. Yes, ease. That’s because when you cut down all your day’s work into three most important tasks, then you will feel more secured that there is enough time to do these things and there’ll probably be more free time later in the day that you can use to accomplish other less important things or just do nothing. This list can benefit you as a student, worker, parent, and whatever role you are trying to fulfil.
So in doing your three-item list on a daily basis, there’s only one simple step that you have to follow. Prioritize. You can try listing down all the things you think you need and want to do. From this list, try to analyze what is most important to get accomplished now.
One positive effect that I observed in doing this is that I can get an immediate satisfaction by the end of the day when I know that I was able to accomplish all the three things I listed. And with the passage of weeks and months, when you try to go back and see that there’s a lot of check marks in your to-do list notepad, it’s positively overwhelming. This list can help you gain a sense of success, accomplishment and self-worth. And don’t forget that above all it helps you get things done and gain productivity.
Therefore, I suggest that those who are experiencing a lengthened procrastination phase to try this out. And also, I suggest that you try to reflect and you might just know what’s possibly holding you back and keeping you in bed and in the shades for most of the time. Procrastination is really not a healthy thing to get used to. I’ve been there and I still do from time to time and how I know it’s ugly. So here you go and I hope that the new to-do list helps you in as much positive way as possible.
Here’s what I got for today. Another thing, when you do this list, you don’t necessarily have to be all formal and lengthy in using words. Key words are enough. Go and have fun!