There’s not much for me to intro here, so let’s get right into what you should be writing down and, more importantly, why.
You should be writing your goals down – end of story. If you have something you want to accomplish, then you need to reaffirm it by writing it down. Writing down your goals provides clarity and will allow you to refocus during times of stress and frustration.
There’s a little more to writing goals than to just scribbling down “I want to make more money”. Goals need to be S.M.A.R.T., which is specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, and time-sensitive, respectively. So “I want to make more money” becomes “I want to earn $1000 more per month by February 1, 2018”.
Tell me if this is something you’ve ever done… You’ve been mulling something over in your mind for a bit – thinking, thinking, thinking… And suddenly – an idea hits you! It’s so genius that you’re certain you’ll remember it. I mean, it’s honestly brilliant so there’s no way you’ll forget! And then it comes time to execute or write down said idea and you just can’t think of it. Sound familiar? Yeah, write your stroke-of-genius ideas down when they hit you, or else you run the risk of forgetting.
Important Things to Remember
I swear since having a kid I’ve gotten more and more forgetful. It’s like my brain is emptying out important appointments and family birthdays to make room for all the mindless kids songs I now listen to. So I always write down important memos/notes, appointments, and special occasions. Those things all go into my bullet journal in my future logs, and if I don’t have it with me I put it down in my phone with a reminder set for when I’ll be home next so I can write it down then.
I highly recommend keeping track of your progress in some manner. I’m currently on a journey to lose weight and I track every aspect of that, that I’m able to. My current tracking spreads in my bullet journal are monthly weight loss trackers, monthly work out trackers, and a weight loss trends tracker. Having all of these trackers allows me to see at a glance all the information I need to in order to know if I’m on track.
Progress is particularly important for me to track because I get so easily discouraged. For example, I ate horrendously the last two weeks. Carbs on carbs on carbs. But because I have my weight loss tracker, I’m able to look back and realize that, while I did not eat so healthy, I didn’t gain any weight back. And because I have my monthly work out tracker, I can likely attribute maintaining the same weight due to the fact that I still worked out pretty intensely.
If you would like to see a post on how I track my weight loss in my bullet journal, please comment so below!
I’m pretty sure everyone on the face of the planet loves the satisfaction of crossing a task off a list. There’s nothing quite like it. There’s other reasons you should be writing down your to-do list though.
- Prioritize. When you write down your to-do list, that gives you an opportunity to mentally and physically prioritize your essential tasks (things that need to get done) and your nonessential tasks (things you want to do). Recently I had a very busy day filled with both essential and nonessential tasks, and one of the nonessentials was to dye my hair, which I really wanted to do. But I knew that if I spent time doing that and not completing my essential tasks then I would be even more stressed out. This method of prioritization keeps me focused, as opposed to just busy with low-priority tasks.
- Reflection. I don’t know about you, but it’s really easy for me to feel like I accomplished nothing on a daily basis. Between wiping a messy face, organizing toys, and washing dishes, it’s very likely that I’ll feel like I did nothing of importance that day. But with a written down to-do list, I can easily reflect on that list and see all that I did, in fact, accomplish.
The Small Things
I believe that everyone only has so much mental space, so it makes perfect sense to write down the small things to make more room for the big things. It’s hard to solve world hunger and cure cancer when you’re worried about forgetting to pick up milk on the way home.
Having all of these things written down has greatly improved my life. I have more focus and clarity on the things that matter most. My brain no longer feels stuffed and overwhelmed because putting these things down on paper unloads the responsibility from my mind. It frees me up from a lot of anxiety and allows me to be more present in the moment with my family.
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