You’ll always expand upon a list, it’s just what we do. What you need to do is find a way of tackling those lists. This is how it will be done, and ultimately you’ll need to always be accountable to your higher power (yourself). Long lists don’t get done – the art of setting tangible goals.
We’re going to come up with a rule, if a list isn’t dealt with within 3 months, it’s archived and for all intents and purposes, we’ll refer to it as being ignored now.
One of the main reasons your lists keep growing and you’re not getting things done the way you’d planned is you fail to insist upon completing all tasks you have before moving on. You’re like I was.
Long lists don’t get done – the art of setting tangible goals.
It’s easy to create a list, especially an unordered one. They grow and grow and grow. Whereas if you had a system where you crossed out or ticked off what you’d wanted to do and refused to allow yourself to move on until it was handled, you’d see what you wanted complete finished long ahead of what your cycle currently looks like.
Prioritization and whittling down these lists is the key. Prioritization doesn’t mean spend the next several hours making yet another list to order things and then another to order them into another section etc. It means choose what’s the most important and refine that. Your lists will continuously spiral elsewhere. The key is to get a grip on what’s happening in life, deducing what matters most to what you want and then refining them to a maximum of five items, preferably less. Once you achieve the smallest list possible, attack item one and even if it’s a task that takes the entire day to make headway on. Focus on it alone.
“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.”
*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?