How List-Making Can Be a Game Changer

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Let me start today’s post with three questions:

  1. Do you ever feel frustrated that you’re not accomplishing the tasks you need to do each day/week?
  2. Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to get everything done?
  3. Do you make a list of your tasks and needs?

If the answer to the first two questions is “Yes,” and the answer to the last one is, “No,” I want to give you some encouragement that will be a true Game-Changer!  What is a game changer?  It’s a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way.  Making a list of tasks, things you need to remember – dates, items at the store, special events, etc. will keep you organized and help you to accomplish more than you ever thought possible; it will “change your life in a significant way!”

I’ve always been the type who has made lists.  Even as a child, I would write down what I needed to pack in my suitcase, or what was to be completed before a party or upcoming event.  However, there have been many days as an adult that I set my lists aside and just figured I had in my head what I needed to do.  It was on those days that I floundered.  I’d start one task and find another one that needed my attention.  I’d waste time doing things that should have been the last item on my list.  I’d forget to take a borrowed book back to my friend at church, or I’d forget to purchase a birthday card for a family member. Then I’d realize my problem – I had no real direction for my day.  Here’s what works best in my world; maybe it will help you, too.

  1. Start the day out by getting up with the alarm.
  2. Make time in God’s Word my priority.  Read Scripture and pray, asking God to direct my steps.
  3. Check my list that I made the night before of what needed to be done today.  It’s written in order of priority.
  4. Start with number one and don’t move on to #2 until the first task is completed.
  5. Continue through the list until everything is finished.
  6. Then I can add on Facebook or Instagram time, hobbies, books, etc.
  7. Keep a list of extra tasks to be done by the end of the week.  As I have time, I may be able to work ahead on one of those tasks.
  8. Check the list before leaving home – or I might even take the list with me!  See if there’s something I need to take as I head out the door.

Another list that is important is a menu for the week.  That way I can write on my daily tasks to take the chicken out of the freezer, or marinate the steak first thing in the morning.  If supper is started early in the day, it’s another great boost of accomplishment!

Even if you’ve never been a list-maker, I encourage you to give it a try.  You could start with any kind of pad of paper – it doesn’t have to be a fancy planner.  Make a list and keep working until every job is crossed off.  There’s a great feeling of accomplishment to see a check mark by six or eight items and it’s not even supper time yet!

We’re instructed to number our days and apply our hearts to wisdom (Ps. 90:12).  I think numbering the tasks that need to be done each day is a wise way to do just that!

Do you keep a list?  If not, will you start and let me know how it goes?

 

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