It is magnificent to get important tasks completed, so spring into action now! People spend a lot of time managing their to do lists. Trying to figure out what to put on the list, how to organize items on the list and what to keep off the list. The thing people do not spend careful thought and attention on is actually completing the things on the list. That is a shame, because the completion is the most important thing when dealing with items on a to do list. Before reading this article, look at your to do list to see your list completion rate.
The goal of this article is to talk about completion, getting things finished, done and crossed off the to do list.
Here we will explore who needs to work on completion, why completion is necessary, and some ideas on how to complete items on the to do
list. This topic is relevant because almost every person who is alive has a to do list. Look at the following people for example:
- infants alive only minutes have to do lists: eat, dirty diaper, cry
- toddlers have to do lists: eat, play, drive parents crazy
- teenagers have to do lists: eat, go to school, drive parents crazy, plan for future
- adults have to do lists: work, take care of home, raise children, pay bills, take care of parents
As this list indicates, almost every person alive has a to do list. This means everyone needs to be concerned about getting things off the to do list. There are two popular ways things can be removed from the to do list:
- complete the items on the list
- cross the items off the list even if they haven't been done and hope for the best
It is obvious that the first option above is the better and more productive of the two options. Therefore, the mission of a person with a long and ever-growing to do list should be to get the list completed. While it is relatively easy to escape the completion of the items on the to do list, it is rather difficult to stop the growth of the to do list. Completion will bring us satisfaction, accomplishment and a sense of well-being. After all, we create our to do lists because there are things we must accomplish, things we must get done. This is why we feel unsuccessful and like failures when we do not get our to do lists completed. The inability to get the to do list completed is such a common problem that there are a myriad of programs for our computers and smart phones to get our to do lists done. Some of the currently popular methods include:
- do the easiest job first
- do the hardest job first
- first eat the frog
- attack the list by priority and importance
- do the job that generates the most return first
- prioritize tasks according to level of importance
- tackle tasks based upon due date
It does not matter what method you use for completing tasks, the most important part is the act of completion, not the completion method. When it comes to doing things on your to do list, if you do not have a favorite "get it done" method, start with the item at the top of the list and get it done. Once you have done this repeat this process until every item on the list is done. It will be hard and it will be time-consuming. However, none of that matters. When it comes to dealing with the to do list, life demands that you show up like a grown up and get through the list. Grown-ups get done, what needs doing, even when it takes a long time, even when it is hard.
- Photo Credit: Janeane Davis, Magnificent Monday, completion, spring into action
In conclusion, it is a great feeling to cross things off the to do list and to be able to say you have completed something you set your mind to accomplishing. So, the question for you this magnificent day is, what are you going to complete today?