January 4, 2012
Warning: A Lust For Lists
The tip of the icebergThe list is merely the start of things. It is nothing more than an outline of a plan that we dream of. Whatever format you use – from using a notepad and forming your list, we have transformed to using your PDA’s, computer programs, and online systems that do something a little different than just write down a few thoughts- they schedule.
Scheduling rather than listingThe list is still good, yet you have to take it a step forward. A list alone is merely a lust for thought. You think, but do not plan. You say, but fail to do. So, you schedule to ensure that you will do. Luckily, these electronic devices that convenience our life possess an array of abilities that make scheduling easy. When you form your list, arrange for time to be able to accomplish each item. If you don’t, a list will merely frustrate you as a reminder that you have yet to do something about it. When you schedule, you set that time to the side. Even if it is next week, or the week after, you are going to have an appointment with your plans.
A bit of initiativeYour mind set has to desire to do this. If you plan to make your list into a schedule, all you’ve done is make another list. Sit down and start scheduling your list. Even if it’s not your final design, it’s the beginning. And once you’ve started, that is half the work.
Prevention planningSadly, the New Year start is possibly the one time of the year that we do think about the future. I’m not talking just talking about tomorrow, but all the days after as well. Prevention is the first line of defense. Ask yourself:
- Do I know all the steps to accomplish what I want this year?
- Do I have all the resources available to accomplish what I want to this year?