I love to-do lists. I gain enormous satisfaction from untangling my thoughts and then ticking off items as I get them done. I always have at least one list on the go — in addition to a general one, I sometimes have themed lists too, such as tasks related to writing. I have even been known to keep to-do lists from challenging times in my life as proof of my resilience and efficacy.
But none of this means that I always complete my to-do lists within the intended time!
I'm a terrible procrastinator, but I have learnt some techniques to give myself the push needed to get things done. Today, I am using a particularly effective one: powering through. It involves a lot of determination, which can usually be found if I weigh up a day of focused activity against a week or more of lingering uncompleted tasks, but I'm always surprised by how easy it is once I gain momentum. The only rule is that I must do everything on the list.
It really is that simple!
Kind of. I've learnt ways of making it easier, such as starting early and tackling the easiest and/or quickest tasks first, but powering through requires brute force. It needs a kick-ass attitude that accepts no excuses. If you start the day with the mantra 'I will do it' and keep repeating it, you're more likely to get everything done. It's a classic example of 'fake it until you make it.'
And in case you're wondering, I am powering through today and 'post on blog' is one of the items on my list!