The Anti To-Do List
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” – Henry Ford
Have you ever finished up an exhausting work day, wiped the sweat off your brow, reached for a glass of vino and then thought “Wtf did I even accomplish today?”
You weren’t slacking. In fact, you were pedal to the metal all day long. Your fingers were whirring across the keyboard faster than the speed of light and your brain was so over-used that the only words you are now able to summon are “food, please”.
But when you think about what you actually did … well, cue the mental tumbleweed.
What. Did. You. Even. Do.
Gah. Who knows. But whatever it was, it wasn’t enough.
Sound familiar? If it does, I’m giving you a high-five of solidarity because this little one-two parry was pretty much the starring hero of my work life last year.
Crazy busy. Crazy productive. But also crazy confused about what I actually achieved.
And when I sat down to set my intentions for this year, I knew I didn’t want to feel that way any more.
I wanted to slow things down and appreciate every day. I wanted to feel purposeful and proud of what I was accomplishing. And I wanted to feel aaalll the warm and fuzzies about the work I was doing.
So, late last year I partnered up with Brianna from 27 Design Street (who is a genius btw) to create a freebie that would transform how I felt about my work … AND guide me in feeling good every single day.
This tool is called the Accomplishments List.
The best way I can describe it is as the to-do list’s kinder, sweeter and more caring little sister.
You see, the to-do list is all about getting sh*t done. Which I can appreciate. Goals, yo.
But the Accomplishments List is all about taking a moment to appreciate what you’ve achieved in your day. Because by slowing down and reviewing our accomplishments we can:
- Feel proud of the work we’ve done.
- Foster greater clarity around our goals.
- Get daily feedback on the baby steps we are taking towards achieving our goals.
- Fight ‘not enoughism’ and feel GOOD about our work.
How it works
At the end of every task, spare a second to write down what you’ve accomplished. It doesn’t need to be anything major. Maybe it’s as simple as posting that blog article. Or scheduling in some social media content. Or responding to an email. Whatever it is, write it down.
Finally at the end of the day, take a moment to fill in the other sections and appreciate your awesomeness.
Then breathe out a sigh of relief because you can end your day feeling GOOD about the work you’ve done.
You in? Can’t wait to grab it? Just sign up to the Copy Club by clicking the button below and I will give you the Accomplishments List for free.*
*For personal use only