I’m the biggest list maker in the world. There are so many running lists on the notes in my phone, the stickies on my desktop, and my open browser tabs which serve as one giant horizontal list of things to do. Ringing a bell? I figured, because I’m pretty sure that the most productive people I know are always in pursuit of adding to their list, or crossing from it.
While there’s not enough post it notes or Moleskines in the world for the amount of lists I’ve kept in my life, there are a few specific ones that have been total life changers either from the perspective of adventure, productivity, or just friendly reminder of how awesome I am (cause we all need that personal pep talk here and there).
Here’s five lists that you should open up your journal or start a new iPhone note for ASAP:
1) Things I’ve done really well
SO many people I meet are total mountain movers. They publish books, build houses, get degrees, give birth, design new dresses, launch new products…and they completely, totally forget about the amount they’ve accomplished in two months or even two years. This is one of my favorite lists because not only does it remind you of how much you’ve done and where you’ve come from, it’s also a total ego booster when you need it most. When you’re down on yourself and need to be reminded of how worthy you are, take a look at this list that will include everything from that badass speech you gave to the time you completely rocked it helping out a friend. You’re an amazing human. This list helps refresh your memory.
2) Top 5 Travel Destinations
I’m obsessed with traveling, so this one is always changing and is always top of mind. However, no matter what stage you are in life or how much you love traveling, knowing this list will come in handy when you get the unexpected week off or a credit to an airline you never planned on having. Know where you want to go. You’ll be there before you know it!
I’ve had a quote list since I was twelve years old. One of my close friends at camp inspired me with her own and ever since I have been writing down quotes as I come across them. They come from books, online, things people have said, etc. It’s one of my favorite lists to flip through!
Boring. But important. How often do you list and list and list all the things you need to get done with work and school, yet your personal life is all over the place. Start keeping track of the things you need to get done, whether it’s booking that dermatologist appointment (finally) or making the photo book for the vacation you took with your parents (six months ago). Don’t let your personal life take a back seat. Take care of yourself by penning the todos to paper.
5) What I will accomplish today
Hello best productivity tip ever. I’m the queen of sitting down at my computer in the morning and getting so wrapped up in emails and calls and meetings that by the end of the day it feels like I haven’t gotten a single thing done. However, having my daily list of 3-5 things that must get done that day has been such a game changer. Often, I can get them done in the first part of the morning by just ignoring my emails. It’s totally my new favorite list!