Motivation Monday – the write stuff down edition

To do list on a yellow post-it note

Ever struggle to get to sleep because there are too many things in your head? Oh, just me?

Sometimes the ‘things’ come in the shape of unsolvable philosophical quandaries  But more often than not, the ‘things’ are just silly little tasks that I need to do the following day.

The very un-sexy solution is to take post-it notes to bed with me. Write it all down, get it out of your head, and sweet dreams you will have.

But wait, there’s more! Have you ever had the feeling of soul-crushing de-motivation, where nothing can get you to move? Oh, just me again?

Well, the ‘write it down’ trick works again. Write a short and simple list – maximum of about five items. Don’t put any big tasks on it, just the core tasks that will make you feel happy (yes, I actually put ‘wash hair’ on my list).

At the end of the day you will have accomplished something. Yes you could have just sat down and watched Tomb Raider, but by putting it on a list you made an active decision and followed through with it. Increasing happiness all round.

It may sound simple and silly but it works.

1 Comment

  1. March 25, 2013 / 11:21 pm

    I love lists. There is something a tiny bit soothing about seeing everything ticked off!