Thursday, February 16, 2017

Day 2681 - The Lovin' Life Linky - The checklists edition

Who else gets excited by a check box? 


You know it, I know it, we all know it.  I get incredibly excited by checklists.  The idea of creating a process and checking each step off completely blows my hair back.

The simplest of checklists is of course the good old fashioned to-do list.  There is nothing more satisfying than ticking off my actions and turning those to-dos into ta-das.

I am working on a gazillion projects right now.  Behind each one is a detailed checklist or project management plan, but in front of that is a simple set of daily to-dos.

It's nothing complicated, just a handwritten list of what I'm hoping to achieve that day. Numbered and broken down into projects using acronyms and shorthand.

As each to-do is finished I don't just tick it, I double tick it to increase the celebration.  There's so much satisfaction in that double tick signifying I've just added a new ta-da.

At the end of the day if there are actions still not complete I highlight them and add an arrow pointing to the right, which means "I'll get to that tomorrow".  Each day has a different coloured highlighter so I know where I'm at in life.



Flicking back through my notebook each Friday to see all the ticks is very satisfying. There are times I don't feel like I'm moving forward, but then I see my entire life chunked down into bite size pieces and I realise progress is being made.

With so much going on, I have to admit I'm lovin' my checklists right now.  The humble tick is a daily cause for celebration, no matter how small or large the outcome might be.

Are you a checklist person?

Any other double tickers out there?

What's on your to-do list today?


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It's time for the Lovin' Life Linky brought to you by Team Lovin' Life: Deep Fried Fruit, Seize the Day ProjectDebbishWrite of the Middle50 Shades of Age and Lifestyle Fifty #teamlovinlife




43 comments :

  1. On my to do list is a combo of partition job tasks, worry about getting My daughter's car to the transporter, call another 2 remocalists for quotes, ring the hotel I booked in the city for my daughter for Saturday night & ask them to empty out the mini bar, email the friends over for a farewell BBQ in Saturday with who is bringing what...

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    1. Oh yes! It's BUSY time alright. Lists are your friend..but take them out of your head...it's very wearing. D xx

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    2. LOL - empty the mini bar. That's funny ..

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  2. My MO is writing lists and then losing them haha!

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    1. LOL. That only happens with the grocery list for me.

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  3. Oh God yes, I LOVE a checklist. I have daily To Do lists that I tick off and highlight in green as well once I've done it. I'm such a checklist person!

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  4. I love checklists! I have checklists for every aspect of my life! There is definitely something deeply satisfying about checking off items completed and then looking back at all the ticked off items at the end of the day!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Deeply satisfying. People just don't know what they're missing out on!

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  5. Good for you - so organised. I guss that's how you get so much done!

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    1. If I don't have my lists (like during the school holidays) I am flip flopping all over the place with very little forward movement. Lists keep me sane, that's for sure.

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  6. Pen and paper check lists all the way for me as well. And sticky notes...

    SSG xxx

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    1. Oh yes, MUST be paper and pen. I need to buy more sticky notes. They've been missing from my life for too long. Must be good quality ones though. Hate those ones that just curl up and fall off.

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  7. Oh yes I'm a list girl from way back. There is nothing more satisfying that ticking off that list but I hadn't thought about double ticks! Have a great day. Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond. xx

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  8. I USED to thrive on lists and completing the tasks. Partly because that WAS my life as a teacher/principal and because home life was like that. It's not any more. I do keep a calendar (paper and iPhone) but no longer 'live by the list or the to do' and it's very freeing. D x

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    1. I can imagine it would be freeing. I enjoy it for a week or two during school hols, but then I get antsy and need to go back to accomplishing things.

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  9. I love a checklist too and get great satisfaction ticking things off. On my 'to do list' for today is to read and comment on #LovinLife posts! Fancy that! :-) #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Fancy that! LOL. That actually wasn't on my list yesterday which is why it didn't get done. Definitely on my list today though. xo

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  10. I'm currently compiling a list of my lists and wondering if I shouldn't burn them all and start again but I'm still powering through at a face pace, achieving more than I expected for this time of year.

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    1. LOL. You know this shit is real when you have lists of your lists. Project management at its best Raych!

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  11. I'm more of a cross off person. Ticks are good, but there's nothing like drawing a line through the words that make it feel like a real victory to be done!

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    1. I guess ticks are more of a "yipeeee I did it" where as crossing out is more of a "let's get this shit done" approach. "I nailed you sucker!" Something like that ...

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  12. I'm definitely a writer downer kind of person! But I like making small lists so I can throw them out when they are done!! I don't want to see them anymore!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  13. I have just starting a to do list as I feel like I am forgetting things all the time! I like that you do it for each day but that is just way too organised for me!!

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    1. LOL. I have to do it for each day. If I don't, I choke.

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  14. I'm a checklist type of girl. At my age if I don't write it down I soon forget it! Lol. There is a certain satisfaction with ticking things off your to do list. However I find I sometimes carry over the same item for days and weeks because I simple don't want to do that particular task. My checklist today is crazy, but I'm working through it.

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    1. Ditto! We no longer have a memory, we have a forgetory (as my grandmother used to say).

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  15. I have a whiteboard on my fridge (used to be just for the shopping list) but now it's my diary as well - and I love wiping off the "done" ones!

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  16. I need to get back into ticking things off my list. I've been able to organise my kids with timetables, checklists and routines but seem to have forgotten my own tasks!!!!

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    1. We're always leaving ourselves to last. Go buy yourself a nice new notebook and fancy pen and give yourself a treat :)

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  17. Wow I love your checklists - so neat. Mine are like spidery scrawl and sometimes absolutely indecipherable! #teamlovinlife

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    1. There are days when mine get a bit indecipherable too. It's the start of a new book so I am trying to be neat and tidy. Wait till I get to the end!

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  18. You look very organised and it is obviously working well for you Leanne. I'm afraid I'm a bit random with checklists - some days when there are range of different things I'll do them but other days I just wing it. I probably need to be more disciplined to get that real sense of satisfaction.

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    1. I thrive on a disciplined approach. Winging it makes me feel like I'm lacking control. Which is no good for someone who likes to control her day. I leave winging it for when we're on holidays ... then there is not a single list or schedule in sight.

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  19. This is a mixed one for me. I do love my 'to do' lists but find that I get quite stressed by them when things don't get checked off. I think that's more about what I put ON them than the notion of doing lists though.

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    1. I like to start my list with three things I've already done, so I can check them off right away and feel like I'm already on a roll. I also include the easy stuff like "dinner" and "check emails" which again gives me satisfaction that I'm achieving something. The more you feel like you're achieving the more you feel like you want to achieve ... well, that's what works for me anyway. It's just a way to trick the mind into kicking into gear really.

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  20. I've been doing my "to do" list on random scraps of paper which end up everywhere. Think I'm gonna steal your idea to have a notebook at the ready!

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    1. The note book really works for me. I can see the steps it takes to get results AND I can forward plan a few days ahead.

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  21. I live my life by to-do lists and checklists! I've streamlined them a bit this year but seriously, I love to tick things off. I'm not a double-ticker though! #LovinLifeLinky

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    1. Go with the double tick. It will change your life! :)

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