The LOA Power of a Done List
If you’re a deliberate creator using a to-do list, this post from Lifehack might convert you to a whole new habit.
The article suggests that to-do lists don’t work for a variety of reasons, and that done lists serve us better by:
- showing real results that bring all sorts of positive feelings and energy
- focusing on tangible results that provides incentive to keep going
- offering the gift of perspective and allowing you to review your day better
- and making it easier to celebrate your accomplishments.
I was intrigued after reading the post last month, but didn’t do anything with it.
A week or so later I found myself with a long mental list of things wanting attention, so I freed up the brain space by getting everything down on a to-do list.
A long to-do list.
Every time I looked at that thing, even though almost every item in itself was fairly enjoyable, the long list was a bit discouraging. After a couple days of working on it, it seemed like it was just perpetuating more things that needed doing.
Which would make sense – since law of attraction would draw in more things to do.
My never-ending compilation of things to get done was beginning to weigh on me!
That’s when I remembered the idea of a Done List.
So I started a new list – of things that getting done. Immediately I felt a huge swoosh of relief … and even some pride and delight!
I went from feeling overwhelmed and not-making-progress to feeling productive and in-charge! I was getting things done left and right and felt so efficient and on top of things!
It wasn’t even that I was doing more than usual – rather, the difference was in spotlighting things getting handled.
Although I wouldn’t be surprised to learn my productivity was up, too. Since like attracts like and all.
Of course, I was sure to include on my Done List enjoyable things like dog walks and reading time, so it wasn’t all business. (But really, my business is having a good time, so that stuff totally belongs there anyway.)
My suggestion: next time you’re feeling overwhelmed with things to do, play with a done list and see if it shifts your vibe, too.