Get More Work Done by Highlighting Your To-Do List

Are you the type of person who starts the day with a to-do list? How many items are usually on that list? 

We often overestimate how much we can get done in a day and underestimate how much time it takes to do each task. 

If you have 10 items on your to-do list, and you think each task will only take on average 30 min each, but in reality, you end up needing an hour to finish each, that's 10 hours of work (without breaks or meals) that you just scheduled for yourself in one day. 

So through the day, you cross things off the list, which feels good, but in the end, there's still a bunch of items that don't get crossed off. And that doesn't feel so good. Just thinking about a half crossed-off list makes me want to sigh in frustration. We can tell ourselves, "Well, at least I got those 5 or 6 things done. Better than nothing," but our energy is just not happy. 

And as much as we say we don't take our work home with us, we do end up taking our energy. If at the end of a workday, you leave your office feeling neutral, meh, or down, you may be going home and interacting with all the other people in your life for the rest of the day with that energy. And energy can affect and absorb other people's energies. 

The next day, when you return to work, maybe you look at yesterday's unfinished list, but it brings back feelings of annoyance and frustration. Maybe you've gotten really good at brushing aside those feelings, but isn't it annoying to have to do so?

What if you could go home feeling GREAT every day? 

So here's the secret:

Grab a highlighter. Or colored pen. Or marker. Or whatever. Something colorful that draws your eye. 

Then say in your head, "Today is going to be a successful day." 

Take a good look at your to-do list, and pick THREE tasks that you NEED to finish today in order to for you to feel like a boss today. 

After that, say in your head, "Today will be successful if I finish these THREE tasks." 

Then set out to finish those three tasks. 

You're going to feel so great and successful as you do those three tasks that you will finish them efficiently and excitedly. And after you finish all three, you're going to tell yourself, "Wow, I got these done already. Today is a successful day no matter what happens next because I already got these done!" 

And that will make you feel so good that you'll probably start working on the rest of that list with the same efficient and excited energy. Before you know it, at the end of the day, you may have all things on your to-do list crossed off! 

Isn't that exiting?? 

So no need to shorten your to-do list. No need to feel like you're not trying to get enough stuff done. All you're doing is you're giving your brain a new perspective. You're telling yourself what you need to do to have a successful day. Powerful words, right? 

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