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Clear your mind – with todoist

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There’s no pleasure to be had in too much on your mind.  A busy mind is a great path to stress, anxiety and overwhelm.

This is where Todoist can be your friend and trusted companion!

Years ago, I discovered David Allen’s work on Getting Things Done (GTD).  The quote below had a lasting effect for me.

David Allen Quote

After years of trial and error, trying different methods and apps for capturing and processing tasks, I discovered Todoist.  I’ve been using it ever since.

What Is Todoist?

Todoist is a quick and easy way to list your tasks, your ideas, or any kind of list you can imagine.  It’s the perfect place to capture those important thoughts on the fly, so you they are off your mind until you need them again.

One of the handy things about Todoist is how available it is.  It works on almost any device.

Let’s say you’ve just agreed to phone a friend at 7 pm on Monday.  In Todoist, you simply type “Phone [friend’s name] 7 pm Monday”.  Todoist will then send you a reminder close to that time.  It can also be synchronised with your Google Calendar.

The Dark Side Of Lists

A tool is only as good as the way it is used.  Keeping a list of what you need to remember to do, or would like to do, is a great idea. 

But, what happens when you are confronted with a huge list of tasks?  

Part of the solution is mindset.  Remember where the list came from!  You made it up!  And there is no “right or wrong” about a list, only what serves you in any given moment.  So don’t treat your lists like a demanding tyrant.  Make sure you use the lists you create, not the other way around.

Todoist does provide many ways to help us combat a daunting list.

 

So, create that clear mind.  Capture all those important things in a reliable place and make your lists work for you!

Todoist is free to use.  The even better news is you can try Todoist with all the premium features, free for 2 months! Just click on the button below.

no new year resolutions this year. Do this instead!

Remember 2020? Who’s going to forget it!

Do you remember how 2020 started for you? Like every New Year, people made their plans for it; by finally kicking “that” filthy habits, or discovering the “new you”, or accomplishing those long-elusive goals. In 2020, 44% of UK respondents to a survey chose to eat healthy as their New Year’s resolution.

If you had any New Year resolutions, did they happen? If not, don’t be hard on yourself. Over half of us have given up on our resolution after 6 months.

Does this mean we shouldn’t bother though? 46% of people, after 6 months, had still stuck with it. By comparison, only 4% with a similar goal but not as a resolution, were successful. So whilst resolutions don’t have a high success rate, perhaps they can increase our chances at success.

I asked four fellow coaches for their views on resolutions. Did they believe in them. I received a unanimous no. So why’s that?

Like a pet isn’t just for Christmas, resolutions aren’t just for New Year. Unless we keep our attention on them, and be persistent, we’re not going to see change.

Having a resolution is great, but that’s step 1.  To have it realised, consider what action you will need to take.  For example, wishing to feel calmer in 2021?  What are the things that cause you stress?  What helps you to feel calmer?  Create lists of these things and turn them into repeatable tasks.

I confess I’m a list-making lover! I’ve been making lists for years,  And for good reasons!

Making lists is not a new idea. Many of us use them to a greater or lesser extent. Be it for shopping lists, household tasks or a reading list. List-making isn’t just for the super-organised! Anyone can benefit from them.

Reasons Why Lists Are Great!

 

In keeping with the theme, here’s a list of why lists are a great idea!

  • Alleviate anxiety
    List-making can be a positive psychological process. It’s good for reinforcing personal identity and can calm the sense of inner chaos by setting our thoughts in order. This way, it is also easier to prioritise.

    If you get stressed by day-to-day tasks, you can often get a lot out of writing them down in a contained way.

  • Improve your memory
    Our memory works by association. Ever heard a song and found yourself recalling a treasured memory? Or met a stranger with a distinctive feature, reminding you of someone else you know with the same distinctive features?

    Lists serve as triggers, similarly, helping you to remember items on the list and associations.

  • Celebrate Accomplishments
    Have you done something today you’re proud of? Or perhaps not so proud of? Creating lists of these things can be helpful to set habits and goals to shape your future.

  • Crossing-off lists feel great!
    Fact! Crossing off those items can make us feel great! Research has shown the brain’s dopamine levels increase when we tick things off those lists, regardless of whether they are big or small tasks.

Summary

  • Resolutions aren’t just for New Year – however, making them then can be helpful
  • Be SMART with your goals
  • Lists are powerful, for better or worse. Your attitude towards them will make all the difference
  • Keep your balance!