Have you ever created yourself a to-do list and then afterwards been intimated by it?
Maybe even a little stressed out by it?
Heck, maybe you’ve told yourself “I’ll cross off that first item on the list after I check my Social Media”, only to realize a few hours have gone by without anything being accomplished.
I know I have and it’s because to-do lists are (for lack of a better term) “blaaaaah“.
Don’t get me wrong. I think the act of creating a to-do list is commendable, but it’s an outdated technology.
In fact, I believe that you should make a commitment to yourself right now to axe your to-do list and instead create an “I’ll Feel Excited When…” list.
But I’ll get back to this in just a second.
First, it’s important you understand something.
No one likes work per se.
If you had a choice between working or going out with a few friends and enjoying yourself… I’m going to wager you would choose the latter.
The reason why we work, why we do things that make us uncomfortable, why we take risks and why we make sacrifices is because the outcome is more pleasurable to us than the work. It overshadows it. So much so that the work can actually begin to excite us and become fun at times.
The reason why I believe to-do lists are an outdated technology is because you’re only focussing on the work and not the outcome of the work <— the thing that will actually motivate you to stay focussed throughout the day.
That’s why when my mentor taught me 2 powerful nuanced questions, it changed everything for me (and it can for you as well).
Are you ready to experience the power of these 2 powerful nuanced questions?
- “What Will I Feel Excited When I Complete?”
- “What Will Put Me Into Immediate Jeopardy If I Don’t Complete?”
When you begin to ask yourself “What will I feel excited when I complete?”, your mind starts to automatically bring forward your highest leverage activities that will result in the most growth. Instead of becoming stressed out by the things you write down, you should start to become more and more excited because of the payoff these activities will have when they’re completed.
If we JUST focussed on the activities that excite us, however, we would put ourselves into jeopardy. For example, I don’t enjoy filing my taxes, but I still need to do it every year otherwise the government would come knocking on my door. So that’s why you want to follow-up “what will I feel excited when I complete?” with “what will put me into immediate jeopardy if I don’t complete?”
Hint: notice how I said immediate jeopardy. Most of the time anything that doesn’t have urgency associated with it can be ignored and it will either be one less “busy” task you have to waste time completing, or eventually it will become urgent and you can get it done when necessary. Asking ourselves this question helps us eliminate doing things in the day that feeds our addiction to the quantity of things we get done versus the quality.
Don’t just take my word for it though. Try it out yourself and see if it improves your productivity and your overall enjoyment of the work you do in a day.