Most of us are overwhelmed at work every day with "To Do" lists that never end. Mike Vardy, author and blogger, says to approach your list differently.
He says make a list of the top things you need to do this week, including work, family, personal, etc.with the answers to the question "Why do it" after each. Knowing the WHY instantly clarifies what has greatest value in your life. Then schedule your week.
All too often, we let the real priorities in our lives, people, loved ones, exercise, fun, slide under the overwhelm of work. And then we end up unhappy and unhealthy and resentful. Once you know why you want to do something, you can prioritize what is most important and be sure your to do list is meaningful for you.
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There's a great exercise in Brendon Burchard's book, The Charge, that can have a big impact on your life and your year. It's called six words.
A. List all the words to describe the way you think of yourself
B. Pick 3 to make as your goal this year as to how you want to be
C. List all the words that describe how you interact with others
D. Pick the top 3 to serve as your goal this year as to how you want to be with others
This is very powerful. Once you have them, bring them to mind daily to determine how you are doing. Check in with yourself at night to see how well you are living those six words. How is your life changing? For me, my top six are fit, effective and expansive and with others, my three are loving, accepting and empowering.