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The early months of a new year usually bring with them a long list of forward-looking to-dos — all the things you plan and hope to accomplish by year’s end. Here is my secret system for tackling your yearly to-do list with efficiency, ease, and enjoyment:
#1 Organize your List into Themes
Often a to-do list is a hodgepodge of tasks and a place where procrastination likes to hide — both of which lead to feelings of overwhelm and defeatism. View your 2023 list as an adventure to experience rather than obligations to endure by organizing it into four themes: Personal, Family, Home, and Work.
The easiest place to start is with renewals and registrations (licenses, permits, etc.), then move on to milestones (graduations, college app process, anniversary trip, etc.), and finish with aspirations and anticipated achievements (health changes, moves, etc.). Once the list is full you’ll want to further flesh it out into the months of the year by organizing according to deadlines, working backwards up the calendar instead of down.
#2 Transform the Practical to Purposeful
Once you’ve brainstormed all your to-dos, and are confident you’ve got the full list for the year in theme and calendar order, now it’s time to give all those practical items a purposeful hue. This will help alleviate any feelings of heaviness or resistance and ensure a more ease-filled and pleasant process throughout the year. Spend time being as creative as you can about your list.
#3 Dance in the Delight of Accomplishment
My final two secrets to have you dancing in the delight of accomplishment are to: 1) select a theme song and 2) sprinkle rewards that you only unlocking once you’ve achieved progress on the tougher stuff.
Here’s to turning every tedious, nagging to-do into the manifestation of beautiful goals that bring joy, fulfillment, and solutions to your life.