Check Off Tasks You Finish To Improve Productivity

One thing I have learned from to-do list is that they could also be counter productive.

If you manage to get the tasks out of your head and on-to paper, you have made a great step towards being more productive. However, your list could be long if you have many things on your plate.

Questions could pop up; Where do I start? How do I manage to get this done?

This is not too hard to answer though; you just get started. The start is the most important and the hardest part. Once you have started, the next actions will be easier, because you are already in the flow of work. You have successfully checked off the first task, it’s cleared from your head and to-do list and you are ready for the next step.

A to-do list could weigh heavy

However, it could also happen that when you have set the goal for yourself to finish the to-do list today, you could not get it done completely. That’s when self-doubt and the feeling of failure could come in. You should not allow this to happen, but you can’t always help it. The feeling of failure comes in when you do not finish the goals you’ve set out to do, so when not finishing this to-do list you failed yourself, and you will feel the results in your thinking. You might also punish yourself for failing, and that is counter productive.

This trend is what happened to me on a daily basis, years back. A lot of thinking gone into figuring out how to deal with this. There is a dilemma here, because I need to get the tasks out of my head to get a clear picture, but I can not allow this to-do list to compromise the work ethic by failing every day.

Manage what you have finished

What I did was quite simple, but effective. I wrote down a DONE list, not a TODO list. Each task that is finished is put on this list and is literally checked off. Now, all tasks that are being added are achievements, not goals.

This made me feel good about the things I actually did, instead of worrying about the tasks that should and/or could have been finished. It made my productivity go up, because I was not constantly battling a way-to-large todo list with everything on it. Some constraints in my thinking were removed by this, because every tasks now added was a win, instead of a loss. It made me more positive about my work-ethic, because I actually saw all the actions I have taken, instead of focussing only on the work ahead of me.

Now I just write down raw weekly goals that I need to do, as you still need to strategize your way to success. But now, all the actions that are required are just done and added to the done-list. This makes me sleep more easy at night, as I do not worry about all the actions that I did not finish the day before, and I still have clear targets what I want to achieve in this week.

You could try it if your to-do list is weighing you down at times. Please share your experiences, so we could learn more about it.

Why You Have To Focus Small To Act Big

Usually the experts will tell you to dream, to think big. They want you to imagine the biggest goals, even though they seems out of reach for now.

When I first heared or read this advice it felt like a confirmation of what I was already doing. I am always been someone with dreams that big, they made people laugh.

They even say that today; you are the man of the big plans, but hey, when you going to make them happen?

When I read this advice, think big, it made me plan even bigger. But why did these dreams did not come true? There was a piece missing from the puzzle (read: a few more then one).

I stumbled on one of these pieces of insights a few years and disappointments later. Because you must realize that when you talk big, you can fall pretty harsch. Which happened numerous times and this is not positive for your self-esteem.

Back to the insight that made me question my actions over the years. It were exactly the actions that were missing from the big dreams.

You need to really put in the work to make dreams turn into reality. That is the only obstacle in the path to success.

But, how do you define work? Is it completing the whole dream in, say, one months without sleeping? Is it the completion of the whole dream? I always defined the work as one thing, the complete tasklist that was needed to make it happen. And as a result, I planned every step and task of the plan until every detail was clear. It always felt like an immense big project and it always failed one way or another. It never completely work out according to plan.

It took me some years to see the missing link here. It is actually very simple. You go at it one step at the time. You got to focus on what is right in front of you. One step of the time. One action is most important: the one that you need to do right now. Once you finish that one, you’ll find the next action you need to perform.

It is all about thinking of the small actions when you want to achieve your big goals. You got to think really big to define worthwhile goals for yourself. But once you set that goal, you have got to take the smallest steps first. You have to focus on these small staps. Nothing else matters before you finish that small little action.

The WALKIN STAIRS mindset and lifestyle is based on this. We got our big goals, but we will not talk about it. We always focus on the small steps, just like what happens with walking any stair.

To get to the top (GOAL) you need to take one step (ACTION) at the time. One step is not a problem, but walking that whole stair with one step is simply impossible.

And something happens when you eventually reach the top of that stair. You look back and think, hmm, that was not as hard as it looked.

And than you will find another stair. Congratulations, you unconsiously got introduced to the WALKIN STAIRS mindset.

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