Live With Confidence Using To-Do Lists

As a new year approaches, you’re likely reflecting on how to live a better life. Whether you seek convenience, effectiveness, or success with goals, consider using To-Do lists. Even if you have a great memory, your mind can always use a little help holding onto everything you need to do.

If you use To-Do lists, you’ll feel confident that nothing will fall through the cracks. Also, not trying to recall every single thing will help reduce your stress.

Putting things down on paper means you don’t have to expend your precious energy trying to recall scads of small details and tasks to do. Instead, you can confidently accomplish projects and daily goals with minimal effort. This way, you save your energy for the big things, the ones that really matter.

Over time, as you use To-Do lists for daily accomplishments, you’ll notice a boost in your confidence. It makes sense that if you achieve more in a day, you’ll feel better about yourself.

Try this simple, effective system:

  1. Buy a spiral notebook. Write “To-Do List” on the front of it in big letters. Utilize this notebook only for this purpose.
    • Get the size of notebook that will be most convenient for you. If you like a full size 8 ½ x 11 inch notebook, go for it! If you prefer one that fits in a purse, that’s good, too.
  2. Make a commitment to yourself. Always use your notebook as your To-Do list. Avoid writing your lists on scraps of paper here and there. Put your name on the notebook.
    • Your To-Do list is your key to experiencing more success in everything you do. Nothing builds confidence like knowing you’ll eventually achieve every single goal. All you’ve got to do is write down tasks to be completed and goals to be met. Then do them!
  3. Start using your To-Do list today. Open the notebook and on the first page, start listing all the tasks you want to complete. Don’t worry about big projects versus small tasks. It doesn’t matter how many pages it takes to think of every project/task/errand you want to finish.
  4. Celebrate completing tasks. When you finish a task, cross it off the list.
    • As you learn to depend on your To-Do list, you’ll find you worry less about whether you’ll complete tasks. Your confidence will grow as you learn that when it’s on the list, it’ll get done. Plus, putting a line through completed tasks will build feelings of success.
  5. Tear out old pages. Eventually, you’ll start to have pages where every task has been completed and crossed out.
  • It’s an amazing feeling to realize you’re getting things done every single day. Sure, some days you’ll get more done than other days, but still, you’re doing something to be proud of. Who would’ve thought you’d feel so confident, just tearing out a page from a spiral notebook?

A simple to-do list will bolster your confidence in many different ways. You’ll be proud that you planned ahead and followed through with your tasks. Plus, finishing each job and getting rid of a whole page of completed tasks will boost your confidence enormously.

Writing down what you want to accomplish in a day can be an integral part of an organized, effective and self-assured life. Start living today and every day with more optimism and confidence by making use of To-Do lists.

Determining What Motivates You

Being able to figure out what motivates you will be a real benefit throughout your life. Once you know what brings you inspiration, you can draw from this list to keep you going whenever you need a boost.

Explore this process to discover your own motivations:

1. Think about the most difficult situation you’ve ever experienced. Then record the answers to these questions:

• What did you think about the event?
• How did you feel about it?
• How did you arrive at how you were going to handle and resolve the situation?
• What was important to you at the time – was it how you felt, what you thought your parents would think, what you believed was “the right thing to do” or something else?
• Ultimately, what did you do to resolve the event?

2. Next, reflect on 2 or 3 of your biggest achievements. Maybe for you, graduating from college or moving out on your own was a big achievement. Continue writing down your answers to these additional questions. This process will help you to identify your own motivations.

• What did you do to achieve your success

• How did you meet your goals?
• What did you think about during the process?
• What motivated you – looking out for your future, wanting to make more money, hoping to make your parents proud, or something else?
• Did you visualize what your life would be like once you had achieved your goal?
• How much did you really want to achieve it?

3. Analyze your answers. After reflecting on the above questions, your mind will be more open to identifying what’s important to you. So far, what have you discovered that motivates you? Are you surprised at what you’ve found?
4. How do you feel about these concepts? What motivates one person might not motivate another. Still, it’s likely that you’ll feel inspired by the same one or two issues consistently throughout your life.

Ideas from this list may ring true to your feelings:

• You strive to feel like you’re doing “the right thing.”
• You want to increase your ability to earn more money.
• Pursuing your passion propels you forward to accomplish more.
• You hope to see the pride in your parents’ eyes.
• Maybe you seek recognition from other people – you hope to be noticed and admired.
• You want to make your or your children’s futures better.
• You feel the need to prove to yourself that you can achieve something.
• You like the idea of stepping up to a challenge in your life.
• Seeking variety in life motivates you to try new things.
• You strive to overcome a difficult childhood and emerge triumphant.
• Discovering and validating who you really are as an individual is important to you.
• You plan to dispute negative messages someone from your past instilled in you.
• You want to do something in life that “really matters.”
• Perhaps you enjoy the sheer entertainment value of doing something.
• Writing down your goals and making an action plan spurs you on to accomplishment.
• You like to see your list of achievements grow.

Whether you want to improve your life, make more money, or follow your passion, discover what motivates you. Then, apply your motivators to situations that really matter. Now, you’re ready to achieve whatever you seek in life.

Catching up on New Year’s Resolutions: A Surefire Plan for Winning

New Year’s resolutions… Who really keeps them? The answer to that question could be you even if, like most people, you’ve already abandoned them. Rather than fretting over what you have or haven’t done so far this year, you can still accomplish those New Year’s resolutions – even if you’re starting over a bit later in the year.

Try these action tips to help you achieve the resolutions you made at the start of the New Year:

1. Make it known. Tell someone close to you about your New Year’s resolution. You’ll be held accountable for your success or lack thereof. By doing so, you’ll feel a bigger commitment to actually complete the goal than if you were to simply keep the goal a secret.

  • Now there are two incentives to meet your goal: The first is to enjoy the fruits of your labor and say that you’ve completed your goal. The second is to ward off the embarrassment of having to explain why you didn’t complete the goal.

2. Enlist a friend. Find a friend with a similar goal and work toward reaching your goals together while offering each other moral support.

  • Weight loss is an especially suitable goal to enlist the help and support of a buddy. Other fine goals a friend could strive for along with you include home improvement projects, monetary goals, and family goals.
  • Choose a friend that will hold you accountable for reaching your goals. An unmotivated friend that will simply say “It’s okay, try again next year” isn’t the right person for the job.

3. Break it down. Break your goals down into bite-sized chunks. For example, if your goal is to land 20 new clients by the end of the year, break the goal down into nine months if it’s now March, for example.

  • Landing 20 new clients in nine months equates to just over two clients per month (2.2 clients).
  • Even if you’ve fallen a bit short of the goal, you’ll still have increased your number of clients. Essentially, you’ve succeeded because you’re in a better position than you were last year.
  • Any goal seems more attainable when broken down into manageable milestones.

4. Have a plan. Setting a New Year’s resolution without creating a plan for reaching it is a recipe for disaster. For your greatest success, create a plan detailing the exact actions you must take in order to achieve your resolution.

  • Know exactly what you want to do. Saying, “I want to lose weight” isn’t going to cut it. It leaves a lot of wiggle room. But saying “I want to lose 20-lbs by December 1st” is a much better plan.
  • Create a detailed plan that entails exactly how you’ll get to your goal. Detail the daily actions that will help you edge towards reaching your resolution. In addition, create an alternate plan in case your initial plan falls short, thus helping you set yourself up for success – one way or the other!

Is your New Year’s resolution important to you? Are you committed to it? If you take your New Year’s resolution seriously, create reasonable goals, and follow these tips, you can achieve it! It will require a consistent effort on your behalf and some hard work, but it’ll all be worth it when you accomplish that resolution.

When your goal begins to seem out of reach, to regain your motivation, envision what your life will be like after you reach your resolution. Your life will be better, you’ll be happier, and you’ll have a sense of pride knowing that you’ve worked hard to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions.