Sunday, October 13, 2013

Ten Things To Do Today

One of the most powerful words in the English language is 'List'. This word has got several meanings. Since we are not pursuing a study of English here, we will go by its most common meaning. The most common meaning is the one which all of us know. It will be difficult to give a meaning for this word. The dictionary gives the meaning as a series of names or other items written in sequence.

Why do we need a list?

1) To decide what we need to do
2) To know what we should be doing at a particular time.

Again, I am limiting the use of lists.

How may times have you  cursed yourself for omitting or forgetting to do something that was important, valuable or useful?

How many times, have you whiled away your time unable to think of what to do?

I plan to discuss the use of lists in more detail in another post. In this post, I will confine myself to one simple strategy. Every night, before going to bet, make it a point to list 10 things you are going to do the next day. Why ten? I don't mind if you can make a list of twenty! But I wanted the list to be realistic and doable. Five may be too small. Don't worry if it is nine or eleven. But having a target of 10 or 15 will be very helpful in the long run.

Carry this list with you on your person throughout the next day. Make it a point to do all the things in the list. If you are unable to do a few things, there should be a good reason. By the way, 'not having the time' is not an acceptable reason!

If you follow this simple system, you will find achieving a lot within a short time. You will enjoy this process once you become habituated to this.

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