Make a dental appointment. Reschedule a reservation. Request an itemized bill. Follow up on a client. Call my step-mom. Confirm my son's camp registration. Ask hubby if he can take vacation that week in July. Buy a birthday gift for Amy.
This is a partial list of to-do's that were swirling in my head for a couple of weeks. About the time I'd sit down to address one of these items, my three-year-old would spill his drink or awaken from a nap, an email or Facebook post would steal my attention, the washing machine would play its obnoxiously catchy tune beckoning me to transfer the wet clothes into the dryer, or I'd need to hop in the shower before running an errand. By the time I circled back to my starting point, I'd forgotten what I was aiming to do.
I'd crawl into bed at the end of the day feeling as though I'd been busy, but accomplished little. As a task-oriented person who prides herself on productivity and efficiency, this left me frustrated. There's nothing more satisfying than a task well done, and well, I wasn't gettin 'er done. So I forced myself to sit with a pen and paper, and perform an age-old task in organization that, for me, works every time. I jotted down a prioritized list of the activities I needed to accomplish.
This simple act of organizing my to-do's and writing them on a prominently displayed notepad (I keep it on my bathroom counter where I'll see it throughout the day) immediately focused my efforts. By the end of that day, I had already completed more than half of the items that had escaped me for over two weeks. How satisfying to cross off each task! Why hadn't I employed this tactic sooner?!
For those of us who have goals of getting healthier, but haven't yet developed the daily discipline to eat right and exercise, consider creating a printed list. Add specific action items, such as, "Drink four 16-ounce bottles of water today," "Attend Bootcamp class at 5:30p," "Walk the dog for 30 minutes," "Plan next week's menu," "Prepare tomorrow's exercise outfit," etc.
Making a list is certainly not rocket science, but with so much vying for our attention each day, so many electronic gadgets beeping and buzzing at us, and so many reasons to be distracted, utilizing this basic list tactic may be the extra step you need to finally do for your body what's been on your mind.
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I am not a registered dietitian, nor a medical professional. My blog is a representation of my views and experiences, which are not intended as medical advice. While I am a certified personal trainer, descriptions of things I eat and exercises I perform may not be suitable for everyone. Please speak with a medical professional before making any changes to your current routine.