Updated: 7 days ago
Are there things that you want to accomplish outside of just the tasks that are absolutely necessary for survival? Yes, you probably have to go to work to earn a living. In most cases, thats non-negotiable. But if you just went to work, came home, and vegged out on the couch until bed time every day, then at some point you’re probably going to feel lethargic and unfulfilled. After all, the feeling of being valued is what makes the world go around… but that requires having qualities, providing services, or creating and selling products that others actually find valuable… and none of those things will come to fruition on the couch amidst your current weeks long Netflix binge.
Here is where I discovered the POWER of the LIST. Life can be stressful. One thing led to another and I found myself lazy and depressed, doing only the bare minimum to get by. I had things in the back of my head that I wanted to accomplish, but I wasn’t holding myself accountable for accomplishing them…and since depression can be biopsychosocially exhausting, I did not have the energy or the desire to go out of my way to do things that I had not already planned on doing. Sooooo after I got my head out of my ass, to ensure that I continually improved and didnt become the frumpy and unfulfilled couch potato that I saw myself becoming, I created a list of weekly objectives! That is, extra-curricular tasks that I had to complete every single week that weren’t 100% necessary for my survival that inched me towards my personal goals… and the rest was history! After stringing just a couple of highly productive weeks together in a row, I was able to pull myself out of my depression, and get myself back on track towards winning at life!
But don't be mistaken, the power list is not just for those who are struggling. The power list can also push you outside of your comfort zone, forcing you to complete tasks that you’ve been putting off that are necessary for growth. Take my own list from a couple of weeks ago, for example:
set up LLC through legalzoom ✅
Schedule appointment for lasik eye consultation✅
Complete four hours of con ed through home CEUconnection for BOC ✅
Complete and launch Grizzly Baird Fitness app✅
Almost every action item on my list for that week scared the living crap out of me! Establishing my business as an LLC, following through with having laser eye surgery, and launching an app were all big commitments that I had been putting off for quite a while out of fear… and had I not actually written them down and held myself accountable for completing them, I probably wouldn’t have.
So I encourage you, create a list!!!! Start small and respect your time and boundaries! Do not add things to your list that you know you do not have time to complete…. AND do not include too many high stress/ high anxiety items that can cause you to spiral! Start small and focus on creating momentum! Andddd as always, if you need help collaborating on a list to get you started, let me know :) By the end of the week, I want to hear all about the small victories that you’ve accumulated in route to future major life successes.