The Done List
Ahhh… the holidays. It’s always a peaceful time for me. I’m not sure why but when December rolls around, I find myself falling into place. A gentle seasonal biorhythm, if you will, where I assess the past and regroup for the future. It is calm knowing.
I do a lot of dreaming, thinking and planning. I do a lot of writing and reading. And, I include the use of The-Done-List, a creation of my own making. I wrote about the beauty of that here. Rather than a to-do list, which I also use, The-Done-List, shows me a list of everything I’ve accomplished. It’s like a to-do list in reverse, and it’s wonderfully empowering not to mention satisfying. You can create a Done-List for the year, to see your accomplishments. Or for a day.
This end of the year thought process also provides me with a plan for reclaiming things which might have gotten lost in the shuffle over the last year. For instance, maybe I need to focus more on yoga, my health, or some creative pursuit. I make plans and GOALS for the coming year. This is where to to-do list comes in. The goal portion of the program is wicked important. It gives you a path and also an accomplishment to mark in your next year’s Done-List.
I learned methods for productivity many years ago with the Franklin Covey Day Planner … A truly inspired system, I tell you. While I no longer use those particular day planner materials, the planning and time management aspect of the Covey program was something I never forgot. At the present, however, I have just sort of made it my own incorporating ideas here and there that work for me.
If you are looking for ways to fit more life into your life, give this a try. You might like it. Or it might inspire you to find your own cool method. I’d love to hear about your own experiences with time management.
“You can always make more money, but you can’t make more time.” – Kyler Mikulski