The Magic of Writing a Daily Power List
I used to chronically struggle with consistency. Multitasking, lack of focus, and wanting to do #allthethings all the time, I often found myself a little all over the place. About a year ago, I had a heart-to-heart with my husband and frankly, with myself, and decided I was going to start finishing...all of what I had been starting. I was going to finish reading the books on my nightstand (or let them go), I would actually launch the business I had been talking about for over 5 years, and I was ready to create the healthy, balanced lifestyle I so valued and encouraged others to pursue. One practice I developed during this time was implementing a daily power list and I'm going to tell you exactly how and why you need to try this.
This info was adapted from Andy Frisella of the Podcast MFCEO Project. (I get my inspiration from a diverse group of people). By implementing this in my life, I have created some major consistency where I lacked before, and it's creating better health, focus, and more success in my life.
According to Andy, being busy is not the same as being productive. Many of you may already feel this way. He goes on to explain that activity doesn't equal success unless you are doing it smart. Don't bite off more than you can chew and realize that being effective doesn't have to be rocket science. (Ohhhh......) The key is to prioritize 5 critical tasks that you need to complete each day, no matter what. If your list is too long, your sharpness and enthusiasm will be numbed down and your work quality will suffer. (Ok, Andy, I'm listening...)
How to do it. Get a notebook. A Cool one. One that feels good and looks pretty, because you'll actually be writing your list daily, not typing it on anything and not just looking at it (like printed and posted on a wall or mirror). Write it out each day. This shifts your thinking, into doing.
Then, your goal is to complete or execute at least 60% of your list, which is 3 out of your 5 tasks, in order to WIN the day. Executing 5 out of 5 should always be the goal. You WIN by completing the majority and write a big ol' W at the bottom of your list/day. This doesn't mean you'll complete all 5 tasks no matter what every day, however, you can plan to do so.
Only executing 1-2 tasks on your list, or even worse, none, equals a big fatty L for LOSS. There is no doubt that we will LOSE some days, but your next goal is to WIN at least 4 out of 7 days each week. Keep that consistency and you'll be winning the week, month, and year. The concept really emphasizes the idea that being consistent will lead to progress and progress will lead you to your goals.
What kind of tasks are added to the Power List?
You'll be writing out the 5 most important tasks to be done that will bring you closer to your goal, things that you tend to procrastinate on. What do you ultimately want to achieve each day? (It's a great idea to do this first thing in the morning). The list can be repeated every day if the tasks continue to remain important and are something you can make progress on. The tasks should be specific and measurable.
If your goal is to hit 10K steps a day, and you start achieving it consistently, you may want to up your game and start increasing the daily goal you write down. Other ideas may be that you want to read 30 pages of a book each day, run 4 miles (or work up to running 4 miles), reach out to 5 prospective clients, or complete a critical task at work that you can build on. The goal is to create long-term habits that are effective.
I no longer struggle with consistency like I once did. I'm consciously aware of my activities and make adjustments when I veer off course. If a day goes by and I forget my power list, I jump right back on the consistency bandwagon and continue on my way. Being mindful, taking inspired action and having accountability will lead you towards the goals and achievements that really matter in your life. Consistent reminders like this can be a huge help. I invite you to experiment with your power list starting tomorrow and see where it takes you.