To Do List Tips
Putting together your to do list is easy for some people. Other find it more of a challenge. Where do you fall in this spectrum? Here are some to do list tips to help you up your game when it comes to getting the most out of your to do list. When you are working on your daily list, here are some things to consider:
- A do to list is NOT a grocery or check list.
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- Does it fit your overall goals?
- Is it part of your weekly project plan?
- Can the tasks on your daily be accomplished 2 hours or less?
These are all important. What you don’t want is a brain dump of everything you have to do. A do list is for critical items that must get done. Things that are vital to your business, livelihood or well-being. You need a separate list for your major goals for the year. Everything should derive from this list. Your weekly project plan items are things that are defined in one week or smaller chunks. This weekly plans should feed your daily list of 2-3 items that are planned to be accomplished in two to three hours. Breaking things into doable time chunks is very important. If you have three things on your list and they all take four hours, you are going to have a very long day or things to carry over to the next day. Your list must be prioritized. The top thing on the list is most important. You should focus on this first thing in the morning while you are still at your best. Hope you find these to do list tips helpful. Let me hear your to do list tips. What do you do get the most mileage out of your to do list?
Gratitude List – To Do List Tuesday
Today’s episode of To Do List Tuesday brings us a gratitude list. What is a gratitude list you ask? Simply it is a list of things that you are thankful for and should show an attitude of gratitude for everything on the list. Some things are easy to add to the list, like your freedoms that you enjoy. There are many ways to show gratitude for your freedoms. Thank an Armed Forces member. Send a thank you card to deployed personnel. How about gratitude for your personal safety? Thank a police officer or a fireman. Make a donation to support the family of fallen officer or fireman or volunteer at a fund-raiser. Your gratitude list could contain things like your education. Thank a teacher. Write them a nice note.
Things on my Gratitude List
I am grateful that
- I live in a country with many freedoms.
- My lovely wife.
- I can read and write.
- Travel easily around the country.
- Police and fire protection are just a phone call away.
- Our garbage gets picked up regularly.
- We have safe, drinkable running water.
This list could go for a while, but I thought that I would just list several of the top things on my gratitude list.
Why is Gratitude Important?
Check out what Psychology Today has to say about gratitude. Now take a moment and reflect on some of the things that maybe you take for granted but could show some gratitude toward. Go ahead, write them down, I’ll wait. No really, write them down. The physical act of writing a list will help you focus on the subject. Having and demonstrating gratitude is the parent to all other virtues. Without gratitude our lives are less full and lack an improved level of civility and patience. Gratitude helps us appreciate what we have. What’s on your gratitude list?
Make Your Gratitude list. Gratitude is important
Today’s To Do List Tuesday is all about financial planning and review. I don’t care if you make a little or a lot, everyone should check and plan for your future. I will caveat everything here by saying, I am not a professional financial planner. Even if you think you don’t “qualify” to have a financial planner, I would find one. There are many good financial planners that will offer a free consultation. Here is a partial list of things you should review, consider, plan and act upon:
- Review your financial goals. I’m not talking about the generic I wanna retire early and rich. Those are worthy thoughts, but completely useless unless you make some specific written goals. I want to retire at age 55 with $X in the bank. Now you have a goal. Make a plan to achieve it. I must save $Y/week to retire at age 55. Now you have something you can track. You can do this on a simple spreadsheet.
- Review your budget and see how you are doing. My wife pulls all our numbers and checks everything quarterly. If you are just getting started with a budget, you might want to do this monthly for the first 4-5 months
- Check your emergency fund or start one if you don’t have one. Ideally it is 3-6 months of expenses, but something is better than nothing! This is one of your financial goals. Have a 3 month emergency fund of $X by a specific date.
- Assess any big life changes. Getting married? divorced? Having children? Changing jobs? Buying a house? All these require some extra planning and attention.
- Review your home owners or renters insurance. Do you need more or less insurance?
- Review your health insurance.
- Review your list of financial goals for the last year. If you have any debt, eliminating or reducing that is your number one goal. Update date and add new goals for next year.
- Do you have your will and other important documents up to date and in a fire safe?
This list is not complete and some of the things are not applicable to you. Remember that your financial goals don’t have to start huge, but they have to start. As a matter of fact it’s usually better to start small. The more achievable the goal the better off you are. If you are literally starting from nothing. Make a goal to have 100 dollars/pounds/euros/dinar, whatever in savings by the end of the month. If 100 is not doable make it 50, but start today. Good luck and let’s have some responsible finances out there! Thanks for dropping by.
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