I have always been one to have information summed up into a quick and clear form, so I can gather and take the information quickly while also knowing it is reliable. That’s what lists are all about.
Keeping track of crucial elements in your life through the utilization of lists is a perfect way to help you also grow your memory or feeble recollection.
Below I have a number of lists which have been found perfect to track achievements and ambition.
A List Of Goals
These should consist of all the items that you deem are necessary to truly respect yourself. They will be the list of things that you will want to complete in order to feel truly accomplished. Without such a list, you lose direction of where your life is heading, and we all need some inner guidance to focus on.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. —Zig Ziglar
A List Of Tasks
Tasks are all those milestones that lead up to a specific goal and completing these tasks would mean you have completed your goal. Depending on the size of your goal, you may have daily task lists, weekly tasks lists or a range of task lists.
Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. —Theodore Isaac Rubin
A List Of Contacts
If you think you can do it all and this journey we call life all by yourself. You are wrong. However, at the same time, a flawed relationship can result in some unwanted outcomes as well. Finding friends and a partner can prove to be a challenge in this world. What I can guarantee you is; you will meet people who may inspire you. Truth be told, it can be arduous to forge strong friendship bonds, but having important acquaintances and becoming an important acquaintance is very much possible. This is where your list of contacts comes in. Having a list of your friends and family is important, but expected. Having a list of people you meet with skills and talents you may require assistance from, these should be in your contact list for future reference. You never know when you may need a lawyer, a programmer or a handyman. Make’s sense right?
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. — Aristotle
A List Of Expenses
Money comes in and goes out. Knowing the in’s and out’s and understanding how and what you are spending your dollars on is one way to ensure you are being financially healthy. There are two types of expenses: those that are necessary, (bills, taxes, food) and those expenditures used for indulging some personal cravings. By making lists of all the monthly expenses we are obligated to pay, we’ll have a clear overview of how much resources are there at our disposal. Without the list and self-control, we can lead ourselves into a state of financial suicide. Financial success is measured by the amount of wealth and without adequate spending tactics, you prevent its accumulation.
A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart. — Jonathan Swift
A List Of Useful Tools
Society today vastly depends on technology which is usually the vessels of our details and information. Having these just stored plainly on your technology such as a phone or computer means they can be lost. Useful tools can help avoid this problem and they also make the job easier when it comes to storing information. Using the right apps and tools can make up for our lack of skills in a particular area, or simply help us manage our daily life and work life in a more timely manner. The only problem is… there are so many tools and if you use them all you will forget which tool has what information. The key here is to have a list of your tools that you are using.
If you’re the type of person who has to fulfill your dreams, you’ve got to be resourceful to make sure you can do it. —Vin Diesel
A List Of Self Improvements
This is an important and personal one. We all have things we want to improve about ourselves and this is ok. With a healthy goal, we can overcome and grow into greater success. Think about yourself, make a list of all the things you would like to improve or change, (these are some examples) then consider how to implement those changes. But I am sure you will have your own. The list is there simply to remind you which improvement to prioritize, and build up your confidence after each completion. Refusing to change can either result in a lack of confidence and depression, or becoming an overconfident and self-absorbed person that no one will tolerate for long; both of these traits will have impacts to your quest for a successful future.
The minute that you’re not learning I believe you’re dead. — Jack Nicholson
A List Of Creative Ideas
Some of my best ideas come to me in the shower – these are important to write down and save to your list of creative ideas. You may not know how to complete this item at this point of time, but having it written down, will allow you to pick up the details and run when the time is right. Not sure what it is a creative idea? For an idea to be classified as creative, it needs to be new, it needs to make sense, and it needs to have some sort of use. Letting your good ideas slide is only a wasted potential that will put your progress in a halt.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Waldo Emerson
A List Of Future Plans
Similar to your first list of goals – having a list of future plans which can be both personal or just important things that are to occur in the future. These can all range from stating you want to get married to stating you want to keep up with the current trends of technology. This list can and will grow, so be flexible with it.
The future is uncertain but the end is always near. – Jim Morrison
A List Of Contingency Plans
Be ready for when things don’t go as planned. This is all about developing a good plan B. To elaborate on this more you can read some further details and examples here: being prepared for the aftermath is always a good and necessary thing. Whether the contingency is for work, finances, life, medical or family related – these should be thought about and listed.
You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it. — Denzel Washington
The Bucket List
Like your goals – your bucket list should be the list which ultimately should cover your life from end to end of what you want to do, experience or encounter. Now, these won’t necessarily require a task list, but this list should grow and be reflected upon regularly. It may change due to circumstances, but ticking these items off will vary through time and in seasons.
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone. — Harriet Beecher Stowe
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