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Get Set Sunday: Make Your List, Check it Constantly

Making a to-do list (or lists) can ease stress and make it seems like "you've got it all together."

by Erin at SlimSavers.com

I have an ongoing to-do list. Anything and everything that pops in my head that I have to do goes down on this list — not on scraps of paper, not on post-its, not saved in my head. ON MY LIST. One list on Google tasks.

Thanks to the most fabulous, Chalene Johnson, a fitness, business, and lifestyle coach, her 30-day challenge, and the wonderful Joline who “introduced” us, I have a to-do list that keeps my life moving forward. I meet deadlines, rarely forget things, and accomplish goals both big and small. I’m on it!

As mentioned, I use Google tasks and a complementary iPhone app to sort out what I gotta do. As instructed by Chalene, I have four lists running: Today, This Week, This Month, and This Year (which holds everything for this year and beyond). At the beginning of everyday, I take a few minutes to think of everything I might have to do and when it should be done. This includes the cleansing practice of dumping everything out of my head, reviewing my calendar, reviewing my goals (which I make weekly and monthly from my yearly goals…whaaaa?), reviewing my son’s school activities, and talking to my husband to add to these lists. Throughout the day, I add anything that comes up to these lists IMMEDIATELY. It’s so refreshing to not have that stuff all smooshed in my brain, and I’m free of the fear that I’ll forget to do something. If something has a due date or if I’d like it to be done at a certain time, I put a date on it. If not, It kind of hangs out in one of these four lists.

After I’ve got everything down, I get to it. Sometimes I schedule the things I have to do “today,” sometimes I don’t.  No, this doesn’t take a long time — maybe 10 minutes in the mornings then a few minutes throughout the day. If it took an hour in the morning I’d probably still do it. My head is less foggy and my stress level is low.

Do you make a to-do list or lists? Do you use technology to keep up with it or pencil and paper?

Read more at SlimSavers.com. 

Erin and Joline, both health and wellness junkies, spent many years pinning down the truths about eating healthy and inexpensively. Both feel the it’s-too-expensive-to-eat-healthy excuse is untrue and infuriating.

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