Here's why you should start keeping a 'Done list' instead of a 'To-do list'

It's a more positive spin and far more encouraging...

09 July, 2024
Here's why you should start keeping a 'Done list' instead of a 'To-do list'

Whether you admit it or not, we've all tried our hand at a to-do list at some point in our lives. Be it a traditional paper list sitting on our desks (or the fridge) or the more contemporary digital list on our phones, these lists were meant to help us feel more accomplished. But oftentimes, for some reason or the other, we just can't seem to get around to completing any of them. But have you ever thought about these lists? The idea of planning ahead with a to-do list can be daunting, especially if that list keeps growing by the day. So what if you had a "done list" instead? It's a simple list that acknowledges your milestones instead of constantly tracking your progress. 

If we've got your attention, here are some of the benefits of having a done list instead of a to-do list. 

A badge of honour rather than a burden

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The main problem with to-do lists is that they focus entirely on the future; on what we are yet to achieve. Constantly facing a checklist of incomplete tasks can be stressful and demoralising, making you feel like you are falling behind. Done lists flip this script by focusing on your achievements, making you feel a sense of accomplishment and encouraging you to keep going!

Boosts your mood and confidence

Studies show that focusing on what you have achieved rather than what you have to achieve, can significantly improve your mood.  A done list gives you a boost of confidence, reminding you of your capabilities. It also helps you stay present. It's like giving yourself frequent high-fives for all your wins, both big and small.

Shifts your focus

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To-do lists often become unrealistic, filled with overly ambitious goals, which can make you feel discouraged if you fall short. Done lists, however, encourage us to acknowledge and appreciate the progress we have made. Maybe you only squeezed in a quick 20-minute workout instead of the planned hour. That's 20 minutes more than yesterday!

This shift in focus fosters a more realistic approach to productivity. Over time, you’ll accumulate a detailed list of your progress, which can be incredibly valuable for both your personal and professional growth. Reviewing this list from time to time can provide you with insights into your productivity patterns, highlight significant milestones, and remind you of your journey and growth.

More than just a task list

Done lists aren't just limited to work or chores. They could also include self-care wins. Did you give yourself some time for a yoga session or some quiet meditation time? Go ahead and give yourself a win. Celebrating these small victories reinforces healthy habits and reminds you to prioritise your well-being.

Take a few minutes at the end of each day to jot down everything you have accomplished. Include work tasks, personal achievements, and even small wins like exercising or reading a book. Be sure to reflect on your accomplishments at the end of each week (or month). You'll be surprised at how much you've achieved.

So why not give it a try? 

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