8 life changing lists you need to make today
I love making lists. Period. Running a blog while working full time and studying to get my degree while trying to enjoy my social life often means that unless I don’t schedule out what has to be done and prioritize, I’m going to end up feeling way too overwhelmed and lost. After using numerous apps, making to-do lists with way too many tasks and a lot more trial and error, I’ve realized that the best way to stay organised, actually get things done and put a chaotic mind to ease, is to make the following lists.
We have all made to-do lists at some point in our lives and given up because there is simply to much to do! If this situation sounds familiar to you or you’re trying to stay more organised and be more productive, I highly recommend making these lists because they almost force you to audit your life, sort out your priorities, and make your life so much easier by eliminating tasks that are not in alignment with your goals.
Not to-do list: If there is one list you could and should make right now, it would be this one. We all have lists for what we want to do, when we want to do it, and who we want to do it with. But the thing about a not-to-do list is that it makes your life 10x easier. Simply sit down in a quiet place with a piece of paper or your phone and write down 5 things that you will never ever do in your life. These are essentially things that don’t align with your values or goals. Examples of things you can include in this list are:
- I will never ever ever settle for less than what I deserve
- I will not go to bed without replying to or coming up with an action plan for my emails.
- Or if you’re trying to save money: I will not buy take out more than once a week.
This list is totally customizable per your goals and is a total game-changer. If you’re ever in a position where you’re confused, take a look at the list and it will eliminate the non-beneficial option for you.
List of life admin tasks: I came across this list when reading The Financial Diet and what you basically do is that you write down all the things that are only one-time tasks, but you’ve been putting away because they’re either too boring or you aren’t sure how to do them. Examples of these are getting your driver’s license, booking a doctor’s appointment, getting your heater fixed, doing your taxes, etc. Write these down in a list and you can set aside one day or a weekend if needed to clear these. Yes, you would be sacrificing a weekend for this but they’ll be out of your way either forever or for a very long time and I promise you, you’ll will feel so much better afterward.
Cleaning list: This was going to be a weekly cleaning list until I realized that if you’re someone who is trying to keep your surroundings cleaner or just cannot do a weekly clean, you can simply come up with a daily cleaning list.
- Your daily cleaning list can include things like washing and putting the dishes away, making your bed, or making sure that you put everything back in its place after using it. Small things like these aren’t going to take up more than 15-20 minutes of your day and you’re sure to enjoy your clean space.
- Your weekly cleaning list is for chores that you don’t have the time for daily but definitely can’t put away for months. These can include doing and folding your laundry, vacuuming the floors, changing the sheets, etc.
- Finally, your monthly or quarterly list can include chores like cleaning out your wardrobe, emptying the cabinets, arranging your papers, or even hiring someone if you can to perform a proper thorough deep clean of your entire house.
These lists are guaranteed to ensure clean and neat surrounding which are sure to spark joy.
Skills to learn list: We all have plans. Plans to start a side hustle, plan to make money online, plans to do something exciting. Chances are that to do so, you will have to learn and develop a few skills along the way. (Or maybe you’re just someone who enjoys learning new things.) Either way, based on what your end goal is, write down the skills you need to develop to get there. For e.g. if you want to be an amazing graphic designer, you’re going to have to work with adobe Photoshop or lean about visual design. If you want to be a blogger, you’re going to have to learn how to promote your content or how to earn revenue blogging. I would suggest writing these things down in order of priority and going through this one by one by setting aside a few hours each week.
Simplify your life list/ Loophole list: This list is probably one of my favorites and can be best explained with examples:
- Trying to build a side hustle while working full time or raising kids and there just isn’t enough time? Why not hire someone to clean your apartment weekly for you so you can devote a few extra hours for your business? Why not order groceries online and have them delivered, saving you a trip to the store (Also if you have kids, this can mean no demands and crying in the store for toys. I’m evil, I know)
- Trying to save money but just end up spending on not so important parties and aesthetic décor? Why not automate your payments and savings so that as soon as the money hits your account, the majority of your necessary expenses like bills as well as your savings are automatically taken care of? This is a good start for those who are desperate to save money but have no control over their spending (Yes, I too feel personally attacked writing that).
There can be a lot more things you can add to the list based on your priorities and the loopholes are sure to simply your life!
List of things to go over when you’re feeling down: We all have those days when we’re feeling down because something didn’t go the way you wanted despite giving it your all or because of anxiety or various other reasons. For moments like those, it is helpful to have this list ready so that without thinking you can just go over the list and hopefully come out feeling better and more in control. This list can include both To-Dos and questions. For e.g.:
- Have you drank water in the past hour? If not, drink a glass of water
- Have you showered in the past few days? If not, get up, take a shower, and put on some clean pajamas.
- Take a few deep breaths
- Call a friend or family member
- Make yourself a cup of tea
- Step outside for a walk or just get moving
And a bunch of other stuff. Each person is different so basically, this list is about all the things that you know will make you feel better. Trust me, this will come in handy and you’ll thank yourself for doing this
Project list: Let’s say you are a blogger who posts up to 3 articles every week. Chances are that few of the steps you follow are same every single time: Coming up with a title, outlining your ideas, expanding the points, creating images, creating a printable. If this is the case, list out all the steps you have to follow each time so that the next time you write a post, you already have an outline to follow. This list can be for any project you’re undertaking be it editing a post or if you’re a student, you can use this for your essays.
Gratitude list: Last but definitely not the least, a gratitude list will change your life. These don’t have to be huge, but they can be! Examples of things you can be grateful for are your morning cup of coffee, your best friend, the fact that you have a bed to sleep in, that you have the resources to pursue your dreams, your new outfit, your plant, your pet, the bees, the rain, your favorite café. Basically, you list down 5 new things every day and it shifts your mindset from a place of lack to a place of abundance and positivity, thereby attracting more of what you’re grateful for. It may seem daunting to think of 5 new things every day but once you sit down and truly think about it, you will realize that there is always more to be grateful for.
I like to do this every morning before I take on any task for the day and it honestly sets the tone for the day.
Final Note: It doesn’t matter whether you use your bullet journal, pen and paper, or keep notes or other apps on your phone. The key is to have these accessible. That’s all!
Until next time,