8 Lists to Make Today

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I love making lists. There is something that I find helpful about writing things down ... and it’s not just for me, but for everyone. It is scientifically proven that when you write things down, you remember them better. Lists help me stay focused. What lists should you be writing to improve your life and keep yourself focused?

  1. Have your goals ready to go. Maybe start with 10 that you can hang somewhere you will easily see. Write them out and focus on them each day.
  2. I have recently started focusing on cooking a little more. (Nothing crazy because I think that cooking is really boring and, as a single woman who keeps her calories in check, I sometimes find it easier and cheaper to just get Taco Time.) Anyway, write a plan for your meals even if you cook only 3-4 times a week.
  3. Habit tracker. What habits are you working on? I am constantly journaling, meditating, etc. For those of you getting started with these things, mark off 21 days of habit tracking.
  4. Bucket list. Do you know what you want to do and see this month, this year, in the next 5 years? Get your bucket list together so you know where you are going and what you are doing.
  5. Things you enjoy. I recently realized that I need to focus on enjoying each day just a little bit more. What are the things you enjoy? This list should include both big and little things. I like to get coffee, I like to go to the movies, I like to buy new things, I like to try new things, I like to spend time with family and friends. Make your list for the week, month, year and next 5 years.
  6. Things to buy. What are some things you want to buy that will increase your quality of life? Or just things you would like to buy because you like them? Maybe you want a new purse, maybe you want new dishes, maybe you want … whatever it is that you want, write it down on your to-buy list.
  7. Ideal day. What does your perfect day look like, from start to finish? Have you thought that through? It is good to stay positive as often as possible. Knowing what you want your day to look like will help you move in the right direction with feeling. Feeling the day and feeling the joy is half the battle, so get going.
  8. Cleaning flow. I am not a weekend cleaner. Cleaning during the week is always the goal. My grandma taught me to clean one or two things a day. So, for instance, on Monday clean the bathroom and wash the whites. On Tuesday, vacuum the floor and put away your shoes. Each day, or every other day, clean something. This way, things won’t get out of control and you can enjoy your weekend. Here’s a tip for not letting your laundry get out of hand. Don’t let clothes sit in the dryer. The second they come out of the dryer, fold them and put them away. Sometimes in life, you have to just push through; pushing through on this little things that will save you mental energy.