Writing a list of what I have done during the year is something I have done for a couple of years now. Indeed, I have shared some of the highlights on those lists in some of my posts here on this blog. Here is a recap of last years.
I have been thinking for a while now that 2016 has not been one of my better years.
It has honestly felt like at times that I haven’t achieved anything or gone anyway, but then I do have a tendency to be hard on myself at times so writing a list of things that I have actually done is a really important way for me to stay positive.
Do you think you might not have achieved anything this year?
Can you only think of all things that went wrong or where life quite frankly has been just horrible?
Yes, I can too, but as the year draws to a close, I have decided that I really should look back on the year and find all the positive bits and make a list of them.
Here are some of the things I came up with:-
Quit the job I was unhappy in to take a career break to spend more time doing what I love.
Continued blogging throughout the year. It might have been a bit inconsistent at times, but I haven’t given up
Connected with some new people on social media
Turned on the commenting system on the blog and started commenting on other people’s blogs. This was a bit scary at first, but now I like the interaction that blog commenting brings.
I must admit I have found putting the list together quite challenging as the job I was very unhappy in did dominate quite a lot of the year, but looking past that, I have found I have done quite a few other things that I can be proud of and I am sure you have too.
What would you put on your done this year list? I would love to know.
I recently came across this interesting blog post 17 Small Productivity Habits . No 16 on this list really resonated with me so I decided to set myself a challenge and write a done list for a week.
I will admit I have never been much of a list aficionado, but I really liked the idea of setting myself this challenge as it meant I could see what I had achieved and it would allow me to get a confidence boost if the week seemed like it wasn’t going very well.
Technology wise, I chose to keep this list using a combination of Word and mobile device apps Toodledo / 2day but there are plenty of other options to choose from including a notebook and pen.
When the week was finished, I looked at the combined lists and wow, I was completely amazed. I had done so much more that I thought I had. It just goes to show that we are all capable of so much more than we think we are.
So go on, how about having a go at keeping a done list? The result might just surprise you. If you do, I would love to hear how you get on.