Everything To-Do List–
You’ve Done It!
Everything to-do list–you’ve done it! Sounds good, doesn’t it?
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.” –Margaret Thatcher.
Yesterday, I made a two-page list of home tasks and projects that I want to complete and say–yes, I did it! Some of these tasks and projects are “nits” as Jack Canfield (Author of “The Success Principles”) calls them, those irritating things that are not yet completed. I completed all of my tasks and projects! Hey, where’s the parade, the band, and the fireworks?
“Put first things first,” Stephen R. Covey explains in Habit 3 of his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.”
“With Habit 1, Be Proactive,” and “Habit 2, Begin with the End in Mind,” you start to build the foundation for Covey’s “7 Habits.”
Habit 1 states that you are the visionary choosing to make progress. Habit 2 defines your mental vision from the beginning to the end–your mental blueprint.
As part of your vision creation, selecting the most important tasks and projects, that are not urgent, is Quadrant II of Covey’s four-part matrix. This quadrant prepares you to focus with a laser beam on your greatest result for your time investment.
Using the Pareto Principle, you realize 80% of your results with 20% of your effort with a laser-like focus on your most effective tasks or projects. I call it, “Fishing for whales, not minnows.”
In Habit 3 you are building the foundation for your vision, you begin to implement your vision, tasks, and projects.
Progress evolves. You are making things happen. Momentum builds and you are completing additional tasks and projects with greater skill and speed.
After I created my vision list and analyzed my most important, not urgent tasks and projects, I “chunked down” my tasks into manageable pieces and moved mountains, or foothills first, and mountains later. (“Chunking down” is a concept from Jack Canfield.)
I completed the project and it matched my vision for it. I began other projects and completed those and yes, momentum is building and I am not done yet. There are more check marks on my long list and my results are pleasing.
There is a great sense of satisfaction and relief when you add a check mark as completed to those items on your list. Celebrate your victories! There, I see the parade, the band, and the fireworks heading our way now.
Congratulations, “You had everything to do, and you’ve done it!”