Now you know by now that I’m normally a positive person so it’s not like me to be so negative about something which is designed to help me get stuff done. But I’m a recovering perfectionist. I put too much pressure on myself to Do. All. The. Things. I sometimes find it hard to deal with things that I feel like I should have done but haven’t. A long list of things that need completing was like a big black cloud over my head.
The single thing which totally changed my view of to-do lists was a course I did at work called Personal Effectiveness. It helped me to see them in a much more positive light. I realised that I needed to stop beating myself up because I hadn’t ticked everything off, and instead focus more on what I had completed and accomplished… and give myself a big old pat on the back for everything I’d got done.
I’ve also realised that it’s totally unrealistic to expect anyone to be able to do everything on the to-do list. It’s not there with a specific deadline. It’s a little helpful reminder which frees up our heads of all the things we need to remember.
To-do lists are great for brain-dumping all the crap that’s going round in our head throughout the day. As soon as you think ‘I must remember to do xyz’ write it down. Write EVERYTHING down! Then it’s there in black and white, it’s not going anywhere until we tick it off. Once all that crap is out of your head and on the paper, there’s more room to get creative, choose love and feel calm!
Don’t forget to congratulate yourself every single day for all the everything you’ve accomplished. Not just the big things. Even the tiny things like remembering to ring your mum for a chat or buying new socks for your kids!
I hope this printable to-do list kicks your task list in the butt! And I hope you like the pretty watercolour design as well.
It’s A5 size and I’ve designed it two to a page (so save you paper and printer ink!). You can either print it on A4 or US letter size paper. Don’t want to print one of these baby’s off each week? Neither do I. I put mine in a picture frame like I did with my meal planner – that way I can just use a dry-erase marker to write on it each week (genius right!?)
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