To Do lists are supposed to keep life perfectly organized, right… Yeah, okay. Rarely is life ever perfect. So why do we expect our days to be any different. Every night we sit in bed and map out this epically productive day. For me it looks like me picking my top three things to accomplish, I write out my daily must dos, a few should dos and sometimes I even block schedule. Yeah right, I never block schedule. So not my thing. I am sure y’all do something very similar. We do all of this with the naiveté that I will get it all done. But like, let’s be real… We are setting ourselves up to fail. But what if we didn’t have to fail? What if we instead made magic! So maybe the answer to a fabulously perfect day is to write in pencil with a giant eraser and never be afraid to use it to create magic…
So let’s break this down. So it’s the night before your epic day. You’re sitting in bed and you’re creating your to do list. Now, I try to have a small list of 5 items that I make sure I do everyday. Things like… listen to a podcast, practice yoga, one hour prospecting, spend five minutes with God. Things like that. These are things that I know without I will lose my motivation and happiness. I even have a one-page checklist that details out exactly what that one hour of prospecting looks like. I know it seems like over kill but for me it keeps me on track. You need to do some soul searching and figure out what your list of everyday must dos looks like. What do you need to do to keep the happy alive in your life?
The real meat and potatoes of To Dos are your top three. These are the most important daily nuggets that will bring you one step closer to your goals. These goals may be business related but don’t have to be. To get really clear about what my top three goals are I love using Push Journals. They chunk your goals into three month nuggets and they guide you to whatever area of your life needs the most attention. Maybe it is your career or your spiritual well being or maybe its your relationship. You just need to dig deep and go with whatever it is that is holding you back right now. What needs the most attention. Then you can create your goals. Once you have your goals you can create your daily three that will help you to accomplish those goals. But make sure to keep your daily three small and realistic. Keep them attainable. Push Journal has a fantastic step-by-step guidebook and YouTube video to get you goal setting like a champ. And, y’all, this is in no way an ad for Push Journals. I don’t get paid or get free goodies. I just really freaking love them. They really help keep me focused on my goals and encourage me to really dig deep into my life and hone in on the area that needs the most attention.
So you’ve created your personal Honey Do list, if you will, and you’ve had a good night sleep. It’s the next day. You wake up and do what you can but as the sun comes up you realize it is the perfect day to take the family fishing. But you have this list. You have your everyday must dos to be happy, your powerhouse three and of course your extra little errands and nuggets to get done for the day. So it is kind of a long list. But that fishing hole is really calling your name. What do you do? Well, my love, you make room for magic.
First things first, decide what absolutely must, no and ifs or buts, get done today. Be totally honest with yourself. It doesn’t all need done today. Remember some of those things you do to keep happy can be replaced by a moment of magic. So now that you have your tiny list of non-negotiables, it is time to decide which if anything can wait until tonight while you are laying in bed. Now you have a solid list to work with. Before the rest of the fam wakes up you have to hustle your little butt off to get your must do nows done.
Now that those are checked off I want you to take your big eraser and go to town on everything else. You can keep the things you are going to work on late tonight but everything else must go. If you block schedule, erase it all and fill in those blanks with one simple word… MAGIC. Because that is what you are now doing. You are making magic.
As we journey through this life it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle. We get caught in our checklists and To Do lists and our blocks. But think of all the amazing magical moments we miss out on when we focus only on our lists and blocks. The point is… it is perfectly okay to chuck it all and spend a day fishing or watching the clouds roll by. Those magical moments are what keep life special. So seek the magic and go live it. Your To Do list can wait.