I’ve been scrambling, stuck in reaction mode for as long as I can remember. I’ve never felt like I was ‘on top of things’, even on my most productive days. It’s a terrible feeling, especially as a mom and business woman. It feels like failing every moment of every day.
I didn’t know how to fix it. But I knew I had to do something. I wanted to change how I felt and I knew finding a way to gain control of my time was only way I was going to be successful in the future.
When I read The Miracle Morning recently, I knew implementing that routine was a giant leap in the right direction. I created a morning sequence that requires getting up early and implements things like visualization, prayer, stretching, and most importantly…coffee.
That helped, but it wasn’t enough. My head is in the clouds most of the time, with ideas and dreams swirling nonstop, so even with the best of intentions, I drop the ball on something every day.
The idea of a checklist popped in my head a few months ago, but my schedule changes so frequently, and since I am not a graphic designer (not even close), the idea of trying to create one was so overwhelming that I couldn’t bring myself to do it. But the thing is…I love checklists! I knew it couldn’t possibly be as complicated as I’d made it out to be. I was right. A simple Google search for “How to create a checklist in Google docs” quickly resolved the ridiculous anxiety I felt about making this checklist.
I took the time to sit down for about two hours, mapped out my daily and weekly obligations, and created a kick-ass checklist that will help me stay on track each day. It isn’t comprehensive, as every day changes and I know it will continue to evolve over time. But y’all…I get to physically check off items each day and it feels so good to feel in control of my time for the first time ever!
I’m embarrassed at how simple it was, irritated that I put it off for so long, but also proud and relieved to finally have this powerful tool.
This morning, my first full day of using this checklist, I’m already feeling accomplished and organized. I know this will bleed over into other areas of my life, too, which is wildly encouraging.
CHALLENGE: Pick something you’ve been putting off. Something that you know you’ll feel accomplished if you get it done. Set aside an hour this week to tackle it. If an hour is still too overwhelming, you can even apply my ten-minute rule! (Give yourself ten minutes to go full throttle with it, and if it’s just not working, you can try another day.)
Don’t put off the hard stuff, y’all. It’s not as hard as you think.