Last week I wrote about how I used to be late for everything. Well, just because I recognized that trait and have worked to change it does not mean it isn’t still there waiting to make a (probably untimely) appearance. I assure you I would still be late for everything if it weren’t for one main thing: lists.
I have a million lists. I have lists that pertain to parenting, work, shopping (my favorite list since I can check off the items so quickly), errands, and even lists of all my different lists so I make sure to categorize my tasks.
But I have learned that there is more to lists than simply “having” them. Writing things down doesn’t complete the tasks. Simply knowing your own goals, while a great start, does not help you meet them. Rather, it is important to organize, plan, and triage the items on my lists. For example, if I only have an hour to run errands it is probably more important for me to run to the grocery store than to check out a sale on a dress I’ve been interested in. On the workplace front, if I have projects with deadlines then it is important that they are on the top of my list rather than the middle or bottom.
I have two things I always keep in mind with lists.
1. Re-Evaluate. I have learned when keeping lists is that I need to constantly re-evaluate them. Schedules and deadlines change, why shouldn’t lists? I have the personal rule of when I have crossed off 5 items, I take a moment to restudy lists. To add to that, I am not an eraser… I scratch things off. I like to see what I have completed and pat myself on the back for it!
2. Ask for Help. I like to look at my lists and see where I can get help. It requires being humble and being willing to ask for help, but it also helps me focus on the things that either I am best at or that demand my attention the most. Some things are tasks specifically for me, and some things are simply tasks that someone needs to complete. It is important for me to recognize each so that I can use my time wisely.
While lists are what I owe to helping me learn how to be punctual, lists have also proven to be an important part when planning things for the future. If you feel like you need help learning how to focus on the important things, organize your thoughts, and create plans for success then please contact us!