Welcome to the 11th habit in the #GiveMe30HabitProject!!
See this post for all the details and backstory!
This month’s habit is to implement a priority list!
This month’s habit challenge is designed to simultaneously increase productivity while reducing stress. A win-win am I right!?
We all have never ending to do-list which is often a major source of stress and overwhelm. No matter how much you attack the list, more always gets added. It can be demotivating to never reach the bottom of a lengthy list and feeling demotivated usually leads to procrastination and avoiding all those things that need to get done. It becomes a vicious cycle.
Before I started the process that I currently implement, I had to-do lists everywhere! In my purse, on the counter, on the nightstand, like literally, everywhere! It was just so chaotic. I needed a better way to manage what I manage!
This past year, Katie sent me a little Christmas care package which included an amazing little weekly calendar organizer tool similar to this one. It did not seem that much different from what I had used in the past as far as a calendar goes, but I was surprised by how much more efficient the set up was for me to lay out my week and actually get things done.
This method may actually work best for some who have a less set schedule. My favorite way to manage all the things that need to get done is to plan week by week (instead of using a monthly or daily view), so I love using the tear off organizer. At the beginning of the week, usually Sunday or Monday, I will fill in all the things that need to get done on specific days and then keep a running list of things which can be moved around based on how the week progresses. I also keep a regular wall calendar in our kitchen to add things like events to for both my husband and I to stay aware of. The tear off calendar is just for my personal day-to-day things.
You can certainly implement this process on a day-to-day type system where your 3 things get finalized each day. I just like using pencil and paper with my weekly view approach, because it gives me the ability to view my week in reference to day-by-day and also compare days to one another so that there is balance between tasks. I use a pencil because some of the lower priority tasks get added or moved.
For this month’s habit challenge, what I suggest doing is to prioritize no more than 3 tasks for each day as your non-negotiable focus tasks. Do these things before everything else if it all possible, and adjust your schedule based on those things. Once they are off your list, you can then attack other things and view them as “bonus” productivity.
In order to make sure that you know what is coming each day, I suggest reviewing your major to-do’s the night before or first thing in the morning (or writing them down if you go the route of daily planning and don’t plan them on a week-to-week type calendar).
While you certainly do not have to use pencil and paper, it’s nice to have the ability to reference the full view at once and erase and move things as you move through the week. There are also apps that you can use which allow you to move items on your list around if you need to adjust your week as it moves forward.
You could also use a Post-it note on which you write those 1-3 tasks each day.
Another way that you could keep track of your priority list is to add it to the calendar in your phone. You can create an event called “priority list” and have it repeat daily. Then you just add your items under the notes section of the event and choose “save for this event only” so that they don’t rollover to the next day.
Note: For myself personally, my quiet time with the Lord is the thing that becomes that comes before all else. As I noted in the Habit Project post from August, writing in my gratitude journal, Bible study, devotional reading, and prayer time are essential for me to fill my cup before I start my day. That lays the foundation for my productivity from there. After it is accomplished, I can move onto my priority list.
OK, so now that you have an idea of what the habit looks in practice and the benefits of practicing it, it’s your turn! You don’t have to do every single one of these, but these are some ideas for you to implement.
For the next 30 days:
- Every day for the next 30 days, plan your 1-3 non-negotiable priorities for the day and give them your undivided attention prior to everything else.
- Practical Tips: Find a method that you feel like would work well for you, whether it’s pencil and paper, an app, or the calendar on your phone.
- Note how you feel after getting the list accomplished.
- Practical tips: Think about if you feel more motivated to do other things on the ongoing to-do list, have a sense of being more fulfilled, find you are less stressed, more confident in your process, etc.
- Ask a friend or your spouse to join you in this habit.
- Practical tips: Check in with one another and share your struggles so that you can help each other troubleshoot ways to overcome them.
- Make a mental note of how the rest of your day goes after getting the list accomplished and any improvements you notice throughout your day after you have practiced this habit for several days.
- Practical tips: Call these benefits to mind whenever you don’t feel like following through on your habit.
- As the month goes on, see if you can identify ways in which completing those priorities makes you more effective and productive in your life overall.
- Practical tips: Adjust your schedule to make sure you can continue to accommodate this process moving forward past the 30 days!
🚨 Don’t forget to share this project with others! You can share the link to this blog post as a status/post on Facebook. Feel free to save and use the image from this post, or use the ones I’ll have on my Instagram page. Whatever other means you have to get more involvement will make this project more fruitful! Tweet, email, pin on Pinterest, etc.
Also, I encourage you to keep track of your journey and use the hashtag #GiveMe30HabitProject on social media. Please tag me in your habit progress and insights! I’ll also be glad to troubleshoot sticking points. I’m Kaci M Byrd Cheeseman on Facebook and @CheeseGirlPA on Instagram.
If you want to check in daily for accountability, you can post either a photo and/or status and use #GiveMe30HabitProject #Day1, #GiveMe30HabitProject #Day2, so on and so forth. I’d love to see how it goes and repost—only if you give me permission, of course! I’ll be searching the hashtag to see who is joining in.
Remember: What is it you want to achieve? Who do you want to become? How do you want to serve others? You may not know how to get there, or even how to get started. I just ask that you trust me and help spread the message to others so they can become involved. Keep showing up, and together we will get you there, one 30 day habit at a time!
Are you ready? Let’s get growing!!
1/ Do you have a method for your to-do list that works well for you?
2/ How do your organize your running list of things to complete?
P.S. If you are interested in working on a specific habit and need someone to help you troubleshoot, keep you motivated, and hold you accountable, I offer coaching a variety of ways, which you can learn more about here.
My specialty is habit change and my approach is to work on mindset alongside the habit, so that it is healthy and sustainable, and this is best done via 1:1 Coaching which you can learn about here. Whether it involves your health, finances, nutrition, exercise, relationships, or personal growth, habits are the key to success. We are the outcome of what we repeatedly do. Without addressing that, there can be no change. Learn more here!