Sometimes, writing lists give me anxiety. I start writing this list of chores and my legs twitch and my hands get itchy – I want to get started! I begin a list of all the things I need to get done in my business and I feel overwhelmed! And lists of things to do in my house or the garden? Well I start to feel exhausted, like it is an insurmountable challenge.
Anyone nodding? Does this ever happen to you?
How often do you push through that feeling and keep writing the list? I know that I am a million times more productive when I take the time to do this step than when I don’t. So here are the reasons why I push through the list-writing anxiety, and complete my list before starting on any of the items on it.
1. Quiet Monkey Mind
Monkey Mind is a Buddhist phrase you may have heard before. To me, it describes the crazy in my head pretty well. There are a billion things I could be, should be, would be doing at every second of the day. And those things are annoying. They sneak up and go "hey what about me" at the worst possible times. Like when I'm in the shower or just about to fall asleep. Or attempting to focus on something.
So I write them down. I trap them in my list and in an order with a deadline. It shuts them up.
2. It’s the first step in creating an action plan
Listing out all your to-dos is the first step in scheduling your actions. Only once you have all of the items out of your head and on paper can you start organizing them by priority, relevance, enjoyment, etc.
3. Multitasking is basically a myth.
I'm sorry, but it's true. If you concentrated on one thing to completion, and then concentrated on one other thing to completion, that total time will be less than if you try and do them at the same time. I promise. You don't have to believe me - experiment. Time yourself.
So those are my reasons - despite the urge to just jump in and start doing things, I write my lists. Then I will prioritize the items and systematically work through them. It allows me to calmly focus on the single task at hand - in turn getting that single task done a hell of a lot quicker.
Extra tip - I highlight the task I am working on to avoid getting distracted by any other.
I'd love it if you tried out this technique and let me know your thoughts. Did it work for you? Let me know in the comments below!
With well planned love and rainbows,