Do you ever have days when you look back at your To Do list and only 1 or 2 items are checked off?
Days like that can be frustrating and disappointing. (I know I like to see a lot of crossed off items at the end of the day to feel I ‘did good.’)
Maybe the tasks were large and could be broken into smaller tasks. Maybe the day became hectic and getting the 1 or 2 items done was a feat in itself.
Whatever the reason for only a check or two, it’s okay. Really.
On days like that, you can try this: Sit back for a moment and take a deep breath. Think back on the day and how it played out.
Pick up a pen and paper – or open a new document – or open an online task list.
Write down everything you accomplished — small, medium, and large, business-related and personal.
Yes, create a Got Done list for the day. (I like to add these items to the bottom of my existing To Do list.)
Then go down the list and mark them off as complete. Because they are, right?
And then…remember the ever-important celebration: Congratulate yourself on all that you did.
It’s funny that when I first started doing something like this (it started with adding tasks I did as I went through my day and crossing them off right away), I felt guilty – or it felt like ‘cheating’.
But, really, it’s your list, items you decided you needed to get done, tasks you DID get done (whether planned ahead of time or not).
So, when a day comes along that doesn’t have many check marks in the ‘done’ column, create a Got Done list and see what happens to your mood. I bet you’ll find inspiration for the rest of the week, too.
Honestly, it’s all about forward momentum. If you’re taking at least one step forward in your business each day, it’ll keep you on track to your ultimate writing goal.
What do you think about the idea of a Got Done list?
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. It’s not cheating if you add items to your task list after they are done and mark them off as complete. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn.
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