Do you ever just want to say f**k it, I’m out?
I’ve talked about motivations before dear readers, and I’ve hinted at how I stay on top of goals, but I don’t believe I have really and truly detailed for you the significance of keeping a variety of functional lists available at your fingertips at all times and the incredible satisfaction you will get from this habit – whether you are highly motivated, stressed out, feeling aimless or a combination thereof.
In fact, 2 of my oldest and first posts specifically addressed the areas of my own motivations and some of the ways I intend to achieve them, one was The Watch List and other was titled Motivation and Movies.
Motivation and Movies is about more than just my love of movies and their incredible ability to connect an introverted type like myself with the world around me. The heart of that post demonstrates that we all love to tell stories, be involved with the storytelling process, and that ultimately our various types and niches of society break down and are usually broken because of communication issues.
Sure I may be simplifying it, but don’t tell me that you believe we all keep this information top of mind!
That’s why today’s Wisdom Wednesday post is all about list making and how it connects with motivation. That’s right my friends, I got to the point of the post through a direct correlation of thoughts, without me using a story, meme or analogy to build it up for 500+ words worth of exposition. WHOA.
It can be done.
Granted, I threw in some fun memes, but they didn’t drive the plot forward, they were fun visual aids.
Having worked in marketing as my day job for almost a decade (and barely scratched the surface, might I add), I’ve read quite a few books and articles about the subject, and I’ve also learned some things along the way.
You see, I have this theory that the future of what’s cool and engaging is not going to be furthering technology and scientific achievement, though those things will continue to permeate our globalized village. Instead, because of the advent of the internet and the information age, those two achievements are going to lead us to the next logical step, refining our communication and storytelling ability.
This branding article kind of takes the roundabout to explain what I’m stating rather plainly, but to be fair the author IS referring to the future of business, which is full of plot holes.
So let’s get down to brass tacks, talk turkey, and strike while the iron is hot.
If you want to be successful in life, you have to be persistent, work hard, sacrifice, be prepared to deal with lots of failures, and keep up good habits. Ask anyone who YOU think is successful, and they will without question give you some variation of that short list.
That’s why I am going to let you in on something pretty straightforward. If you build these lists laid out in this article for yourself and maintain them, ie work at them and add to them, then you are on the track to success.
- list of goals
A reason to get up in the morning, reasons to respect yourself
- list of tasks
Milestones to goal completion, daily – personal and professional
- list of contacts
Reliable, skillful people, who you maintain a healthy and natural relationship with
- list of expenses
Monthly obligations, to create a clear overview and stick to your financial guns
- list of useful tools
Apps for restaurants, maps, task management, learning, etc. AND physical resources too
- list of self improvements
Things you would like to improve or change about yourself, one thing a year may be more viable
- list of creative ideas
To hone your focus and keep your mind occupied. Needs to be new, make sense, and have a use
- list of future plans
Events, changes in law, trends, software – keep you well-informed and prepared for life
- list of contingency plans
Be prepared for the backlash of major projects
- bucket list
Keep your regrets to a minimum – put the impossible down, then find the next best thing, use to restore will power and keep going
If you can maintain these lists, you will never lose sight of yourself and what you need to be doing in your life to achieve your purpose.
I’ve said it before, but creative types are just as prone to dreaming rather than doing as those deem themselves more pragmatic and functional.
Be vigilant and you’ll achieve your goals. And those are all of the theories I have for today dear readers.