The Benefits of a Daily List

Intention is everything, it is being clear on what we want and having the purpose to achieve it and the way we harness our attention and focus determines our results in all areas of our lives. Making an intentional daily list for ourselves can help us to get things done, enjoy being productive and free up time.

Making a list is not about emptying our minds of all our daily chores or responsibilities; we needn’t fill up endless pages with tasks such as: shower, blink, breathe, eat, digest. Making helpful lists is about thinking of the things we wish to achieve and setting them down in order to take intentional action rather than floating through our days getting not a lot done.

A daily list is often best written the night before. When we reflect on our hopes for the following day we are often reminded of things we need or want to do. Waking up to our list sets us on the right course of action so that we move straight into doing and train our brains to enter a state of productivity and accomplishment first thing in the morning.

Whether our first task is to meditate, read, exercise or jump straight into work, waking up and moving into productive action sets us on a course of achievement for the day and allows us to take control of our time and channel our energy and attention.

Keeping our list focused allows us to move from one task to another without overwhelm but with clarity and success; we can see what needs to be prioritised and what can be rearranged for another day and even what needs to be added when we are clear minded and attentive to the way we utilise our resources to make the most of our day.

So many of us have great aims for our day only to find at the end of it that we have squandered our time and attention on things that have not served us, satisfied us or advanced us. Making a short and clear list for our day is a simple way of avoiding these frustrations, helping us to keep track of where we are headed and what we want to achieve and ensuring that we get the things that we want to done.

When we organise our time we reset our behaviour so that old habits of disorganisation and procrastination fall away. Following a list is simple, it directs us and we find we complete the tasks we start because we know what we are doing next and not haphazardly moving between unfinished projects. We also free up energy we would otherwise spend trying to remember what we needed to do and defaulting to distraction instead of being productive.

Taking control of the way we use our time, managing our day and training ourselves to achieve does not need to be complicated, hard work or stressful. In fact, the opposite is true: making a simple, yet focused list every night of the things we want to do the next day could not be easier or more helpful in directing us making the most of our time whilst giving us a sense of achievement, efficiency and satisfaction at the end of our day.