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What about the NICE TO DO’s? …

Most of us have a TO DO list that gets increasingly long, more overwhelming, and when we have a look to see what can be done next it’s just too much to make a decision about so we end up doing nothing.

Sound familiar?

What about the NICE to do's?

What I suggest (and use myself to great effect) is to have a secondary list called a NICE TO DO list as well – this is for items that you would love to do one day, but are not critical to get you to your goals.

Stuff like reading a book you were given, subscribing to a magazine, making a piece of artwork for your wall, learning a skill, taking up a hobby etc…. – basically things that would make no real difference to you if they never got done, but would be great things to do if you ended up with a free afternoon one day.

If you go through your TO DO list and take off all the items that are really NICE TO DO’s you may be surprised at how many can be transferred.

This will leave you with a more easily manageable TO DO list with items that will really push you towards your goals and give you momentum to keep going.

You will feel less overwhelmed and get more done.

Having your NICE TO DO’s written down will mean that you will not forget about them, and so can take them out of your current thinking – and some may at some point be added back on your TO DO list when and if they become required rather than just wanted.

Have you ever thought about the NICE to do's rather than the HAVE to do's - find out more here!It’s a really simple yet effective trick to split your TO DO list up in this way, and I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me!

 

Do you split your TO DO list into those that are necessary and those that you would like to do? Let me know below…

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  • Dan

    Excellent recommendations. I work with to do lists all day and this really helps me prioritise and sort through them.

  • I keep all of my to-dos together, but I have to be honest and say I don’t often write down the “fun” things I want to do. The only exception would be scheduling fun activities, which do make it to the calendar. Great thought!

    • Thanks Seana – its so easy to forget what you would like to do – we always seem to focus on what we should do or what we need to do – and its so lovely to think about the nice to haves every once in a while!

  • Daria Harvey

    I don’t have a “nice to do” list but I do have a separate list of projects I’d like to complete for the house-which is fun for me. You’ve given me an idea though! For 2017 I am going to make a “nice to do list” and I’m going to schedule two hours each Friday for my nice list. I’m a work first and play later kind of person and if I don’t schedule some time for fun, it won’t happen.

    • Daria – that sounds like a fantastic plan! – scheduling time in is the only way it will get done. I’d love to know how you go so keep me posted, and good luck x


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