Hello, learners. When asked what people want to accomplish in life, frequently the answer is, “To make a difference.” Being a math person, I know difference means subtraction in math equations. I don’t want to subtract from people’s lives; I want to ADD to people’s lives. So, let’s add.
My grandfather used to call me Doll Face or sometimes just shortened to Doll. I loved that. Just one person calling me a doll was a huge gift to me. “A. D.O.L.L.” is my acronym for Already DOne List Learning. We all focus on our to do lists, but I find myself not referring to my list after I’ve written down the tasks. Instead, I like to write down everything I do, from the small to the big tasks, throughout my day to prove to myself that I am accomplishing tasks. It’s one way for me to stop the negative mind chatter. In case I’m afraid I haven’t done much that day, I have written proof that I haven’t wasted the day away – my common, negative self-talk.
Start focusing on what you have done during the day, and you’ll find out that you’ll actually do stuff just to be able to put it on the list! Flylady.net is a marvelous website to encourage you in managing your home, and her first baby step rule is to shine your sink every day. It seems like a small thing, but watch how clean your house becomes just by being diligent to have a shiny sink. Then, you’ll find yourself not just cleaning the sink, but also the kitchen counters, and then maybe the floor. Everything else seems to fall in line when you do that one keystone habit. The same is true with our to do lists. Start writing down what you are accomplishing, and you’ll get in the habit of wanting to get things done that never even crossed your to do list or your mind. Just try it out for a few days, and watch how much more productive you’ll become.