Quote: “To take action, you have to begin somewhere, and setting goals is the best place to start.” (Julio Melara, It Only Takes Everything You’ve Got!)
Thought: Action begins with a goal. Set one and see where it takes you.
A few days ago, I finished a great book, one that focuses on hard work to create success and motivates you to do just that. It Only Takes Everything You’ve Got!: Lessons for a Life of Success by Julio Melara.
Yes, there is a nice sense of completion from finishing a good book and learning from it.
But part of learning is doing, especially for me, as an ADD/ADHD person. Some things stick through reading–
More through taking notes, especially by hand–
Even more by sharing the information–
But most comes from using the knowledge gained.
This weekend, it’s time to review my notes and start making an action plan. After all, you can have a million ideas (my favorite part), but you need a few “dos” or your ideas won’t take you far.
You see, once upon a time, Jodi started out with the best of intentions, buying a special notebook to keep the To-Do List findable and tiny. (Incidentally, she loves tiny cute notebooks, so the purchase was not a hardship.)
Jodi implemented natural rhythms and psychological warfare to keep the list small, so there was a Writing To-Do List and a Non-Writing To-Do List, each housing about 7+-2 items each. (This number was carefully chosen for its ties to the comforts of memory, because Jodi needs all the help she can get to win an inch on her goals.)
There were stickers to visually and tactilely mark tasks done. She even recently gave into her ADD and re-condensed the lists into one and created an Accomplishments List on another page. This was to cover things done outside of the To-Do List; this was to showcase successes, not failures.
But fail she did, but fail happier because of a change in mindset: failures are learning experiences, not reprimands. Failures are meant to teach appropriate To-Do List making skills, amongst other things.
Well, make that “she failed with mixed feelings,” instead of “failed happy,” because failures still fall short of making Jodi skip for joy. (more…)