As part of helping people reach their fitness and wellness goals, I help them to become more organized: first in their thought life, then in their physical life (sequence is key). Rather than just telling them do this or that, I ask questions regarding what’s worked and hasn’t. No need to change anything that’s already working.
A common yet faulty strategy is creating the lengthy to-do list. We’re convinced if we can just plow through it, we’ll be ahead of the curve and shouting from the rooftops of productivity. Problem is, just as quick as we’re checking off the boxes, new tasks are accumulating at the bottom. The list is a trap, it never ends and puts your self-worth and value on the line when it’s incomplete.
Problem is, a long list isn’t conducive to focus. The longer the list, the less focus there is. It’s likely that you’ve got all your important tasks on there but I’d bet your bottom dollar, there are plenty of unimportant or urgent tasks taking up some hefty real estate. To-do listers tend to put health and well-being related activities at or near the bottom of the list and only get to them if they have time. I’ve found they assume our meeting once or twice per week will be the magic pill. This is an issue of mindset, not time management.
I help them connect the dots that their most important activities, including taking care of themselves, comes before everything else. This sounds logical and seems easy to apply but not when you’ve gotten used to placing your needs at the bottom of the barrel. Change happens in the mind first and once the dots have been connected, the list organizes itself.
The most focused and productive people I know don’t need lists. Their tasks are written down to remind them of what’s important and to make their goals concrete. It’s not a list of what to do in order to be productive. Again, we need to be cautious that more = better. Our worth comes from the fact we are human beings, not human doings.
Take a strong look at your list. Which of the few and true tasks that once completed will get you closer to your preferred status? Short list = focused efforts = productivity = worthiness!
Michael Rizk has a passion for helping people get from “here to there”, from where they are today to where they want to be tomorrow. He believes everyone is a slight shift of their Mindset away from reaching their full potential and he treats everyone as they ought to be. Michael is the founder of Condition for Life, a Lifestyle Management company dedicated to helping people construct lifestyles in which their health, fitness and wellness goals are the byproduct of how they’re living. This sophisticated, refreshing and Revolutionary approach has inserted joy, contentment and fulfillment back into the process of transforming oneself. The experience he provides is available in person, in studio, on Skype or online.