To-Do Lists, A Key To Success

Now that I am working only part-time, I have more time to check out what’s posted on LinkedIn and Facebooks, and pay more attention to my finances and spend time with family and friends of course.  An interesting article caught my attention on LinkedIn this week where Richard Branson credits To-Do Lists as a key to his success.  This resonates well with me.  He wrote:

I have always lived my life by making lists. These vary from lists of people to call, lists of ideas, lists of companies to set up, lists of people who can make things happen. I also have lists of topics to blog about, lists of tweets to send, and lists of upcoming plans.  Each day I work through these lists. By ticking off each task, my ideas take shape and plans move forward.

And what’s great is that he loves handwritten lists and goes through dozens of notebooks every year!  Who would have guessed in this day and age?  I too love to make To-Do lists on paper!  I used to think that was weird and I should be more spontaneous.  An ex-boyfriend used to call me his “little list-maker”.  But now, it seems like making to-do lists is a good thing and viewed as a good habit for higher productivity.  OK, so my to-do lists isn’t about companies to set up, or people who can make things happen, but they sure are about upcoming plans, people to call, and projects to start/work through/accomplish.  And as I tick off each task, my  life takes shape and my plans move forward.  I am not sure I can live my life well if I don’t make lists.  I have tried typing lists into my phone but it didn’t feel the same — and there is definitely less satisfaction ticking the tasks off compared to paper.  What I do need is to start thinking about “far off, outlandish goals”.  Ideas anyone?

Of course I cannot compare myself to Richard Branson.  For one, I am not an entrepreneur and I doubt I will ever be one.  Even into the 2nd year of my career break, it has never occurred to me to start my own business.  Well-meaning friends and associates have suggested more than once, but I am quite happy working for someone else — the boss can deal with worrying about the next contract, the next customer, and pushing for that profit margin.  Perhaps I am just not that ambitious.  I do give more than 100% of myself to my job — I am passionate, committed and responsible.  I just have no dream of being my own boss and owning my own business.  And no matter how busy I sometimes do become, I am sure it has never come near the level of running 400 businesses like him!

So here’s to all the to-do lists makers in the world: keep up the good habit and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Maybe someday when we become successful and famous, we can show off our lists from years ago, the way Richard Branson did.  One thing I do need is to start a list of topics to blog about — I realize I have not been meeting my goal of updating my blog regularly (defined as 2-3 times a week).  Apologies, dear readers, I will do better.

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