Making a list—it sounds simple enough. As a list enthusiast myself, I know that there are different lists for different reasons that can help propel you to a whole new level of thinking. Keeping track of crucial elements in your life through list making is an unrivaled tactic for getting things done. Here are 5 lists that warrant implementation in order to track achievements and nurture ambition.
- List of Goals: Goals and ambition are what drive us and motivate us, but we need to ask ourselves what is it that we want in order to feel truly accomplished. Your list of goals should consist of all the items that you deem are necessary to not only truly respect yourself but also feel happy, confident and content. It can be financial stability, a place you can call your own, starting your family, being independent, etc. People have different criteria when it comes to goals, and this list in particular is ever-growing; it changes as you mature, but it always feels great when you cross something off of it. Find a quiet room and sit down with a piece of paper and a pen. Imagine the world is your oyster and there are no limits to what you can accomplish in life. Set a timer for 10 minutes and without hesitation; write down your dreams and aspirations. Where are you living? What are you driving? What are you doing every day? What do you look like? How do you feel? Answer those questions and see where your list takes you. Your job now is to break those goals down into achievable milestones (see number 2).
- List of Tasks: Tasks are actually milestones on the road to goal completion, and these lists have a tendency to become quite copious. New tasks emerge on a daily basis, regardless of where you are at in life. Despite the fact that they are arduous, we always have some sense of achievement once the task is complete, or when a certain problem is solved. In the event you have larger tasks that need more than a day, a week or a month before they can be completed, then break those tasks into smaller daily assignments, and put them on the list as well. As long as you monitor larger tasks while completing minor daily milestones, you will have a greater grip on progress and a continuous source of motivation.
- List of Useful Tools: Today’s society vastly depends on the use of technology—we exchange information, conduct calculations, measure time, etc. Useful tools encompass apps and technology that make your job easier. With efficiency and a greater level of competence, you are a step closer toward success. Using the right apps and tools can make up for our lack of skills in a particular area, or simply help us manage our work in a timely manner. Keeping a list of useful tools will come in handy whenever you are faced with more common problems, like finding a good restaurant for a business dinner, driving through unfamiliar terrain, task management and learning.
- List of Creative Ideas: Throughout history, people who made the most significant impact on the world were those with a revolutionary way of thinking, those who dared to challenge the established order and alter the status quo. For an idea to be classified as creative, it needs to be new, it needs to make sense, and it needs to have some sort of use. Some of your best ideas may come to you at night, in the shower or while walking. Leave a notepad by your bed, leave a washable marker in the shower or leave voice memos on your phone. Either way, be sure to have a way to record what could be the next big thing! Monitoring your thoughts incites productive thinking and hones your focus; it allows our minds to continue to think outside the box.
- Your Bucket List: Finally, learn to live for the sake of experiencing what life has to offer. It is invigorating, to say the least, and it keeps your regrets at minimum. One of the reasons why we want to be successful is to fulfill our dreams, to look back on our life during old age with a warm smile. I split my bucket list into quadrants of 10’s (ie. 10 concerts I want to attend, 10 places I want to see…).
Lists keep you on track. They help confirm everything you’ve done throughout the day, the week, the year, a lifetime. So, grab a pen, a piece of paper and start making your list today!