Welcome to Day 27 of our 31 Days of Embracing Your Divatude Challenge! Today’s challenge is to move from to-do lists to creating your action list.
If you are new to the challenge, you can catch up here.
Briefly, the month of May is dedicated to focusing on our Divatude – being driven, inspiring, victorious and called to action in our personal and professional lives. As women, different aspects of divatude impact our daily walk at all times. Our focus with this challenge is taking the time to reflect on our daily attitudes and actions and ensuring we are focusing on what will lift us and others around us up.
For years I was great at writing to-do lists. I would take time to list out all the things I needed to complete, start, pick-up, etc. Problem was the majority of the time many of the items never got completed. I either got side-tracked, misplaced the list or just got overwhelmed with the items on the list and said forget it.
Let’s be honest the actual words To Do often have a negative connotation, and when you look at that list on a daily basis you think to yourself, I MUST get this stuff done! It’s like meeting a deadline on a daily basis. You begin to absolutely dread it! You should just call it your To Don’t list, because its not something that you even look forward to doing.
Why should you torture yourself by making a list of things that will ultimately hang over your head all day long. Plus, most of the time the things on your To Do list are important to you and you should feel a sense of accomplishment after you complete them.
I know that you are saying to yourself. “Diva, I have to write things down or I won’t do them, and these things are important.” I agree with you 100%, but there is another way! Something you won’t hate and resent doing on a daily basis. You must make this list important to you and feel good about yourself when you complete it or even most of it.
Develop a Divatude Action List! Doesn’t that sound better and more powerful? How would you feel at the end of your day if you accomplished the majority of things on your Divatude Action List? Here’s another tip. Don’t throw it away day after day after day. Keep your list in a journal or simply a notebook. This will allow you to look back at your lists at the end of the week and see all of the things that you achieved. On the other hand, it will also act as your guide to things that you can do better such as time management.
My challenge for you today is to commit to tearing up your To Do list and replace it with a Divatude Action List.