I’m a list person. I make grocery lists, to do lists, gift lists, lists of lists to make #allofthelists. To take my list making to the next level, I started making daily micro goal lists several months ago. This little shift has made a huge impact in my productivity and mindset.
Each morning in my planner I write down 3-5 things I want to get done that day. I draw a square next to the action item, and when the task is completed I fill in the square. If for some reason I don’t get to one of the items, I draw an arrow next to the box and write it again the next day. These little lists have helped me to a) stay on track b) feel productive c) shift my headspace.
I keep the micro goals small, and I celebrate big when finishing them. Some of my regular goals are: text x back, email Dr. X, call pharmacy, stretch for 10 min, drop letters at post office, call Mom, unload dishwasher. They’re all TINY things but often take big effort. I let go of the need to get them all done every day by having no guilt if I write the same thing down 5 days in a row before getting to it.
As I wade through the unpredictability of pain flares and brain fog associated with many of my treatments these lists help me get done what I need to get done, and also feel like a productive human being. Sure, the items on my list might take up 2% of a normal person’s energy and be things they do without thinking twice. But that is why it is MY list. A list of things that I feel good getting done and a little boost of “you’re an all star” when get to color in my square.