You should see my ‘To-Do List’. It is monstrous. It is broken down into ‘must do’, ‘want to do’ and even ‘someday’.
And I add to it constantly. I’m even guilty of adding things to the list that I’ve just completed. Just so I can cross it off. Don’t judge me. It makes me feel at least a little accomplished.
I just lied to you. I said, “LIST”. As though there is only one. Like my ‘to-do list’ is singular. It isn’t. There are many. On notepads, on post-its, on Evernote, on my desk.
And remarkably, they all have a few things in common:
- They are never completed
- The same items are often transferred from one list to the next (for months at a time)
- I keep duplicate lists
I’m told the first step towards solving a problem is admitting you have one, correct? Well, here goes. (this is painful)
I think I have become a talker. Let me clarify. I’ve ALWAYS been a talker. But I used to be a do-er too. And suddenly, I’m a talker and a list maker and an idea generator – and even MORE of a talker. But I’m failing in the ‘doing’ department.
And that, my friends, is miserable.
Every day, I think to myself, “you know what I should do??? ________ (fill in fabulous idea) And then my brain starts to work that idea backwards…. before you do THAT, you need to do THIS and THIS and THAT….oh and THIS. And that idea takes a deep breath and moves disappointedly to the backseat, only to get a few knowing fist bumps from the other would-be ideas who have also been sent packing by the over-talking portion of my subconscious.
And during that time my subconscious was being talked out of its great idea, My ‘to-do list’ was piling up.
So, this resolution is two-fold.
I am going to STOP TALKING and START DOING. But since I recognize this isn’t a one-stop resolution – meaning – I won’t be perfect at it today, I’d love your advice in kick-starting the process.
How do you harness your motivation when you’ve felt stuck?
What do you do to maximize your productivity and move past your mental road blocks?
By now, I’m sure you know I’m working with P&G everyday on their everyday resolutions campaign. For the entire month of June, I have been challenged (and hopefully you have been as well) to think about the little ways you can be improving your life EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Since so many of us give up our New Year’s Resolutions within the first few months, this is a chance to recommit to something simple, something manageable. Think about the little things you might want to adjust and share them with P&G everyday for a chance to win daily prizes (through June 30).
To reward consumers for taking these steps, P&G everyday will be giving away $100,000 in prizes in this month.
For each person who submits an everyday resolution to the P&G everyday Facebook Page, they will be automatically entered for a chance to win
- From June 26 – June 30: Five $1,000 VISA® prepaid debit cards a day
When you join the conversation and share your resolution, you can also include a picture.
And for those of you who have already submitted a resolution, be sure to visit the P&G everyday Facebook page in order to enter daily for another chance to win! I will be sharing an everyday resolution on my Twitter and Facebook pages each day during the month of June and I would love for you to join me. You can also follow P&G everyday resolutions on twitter or register for their newsletter at P&G everyday for extra tips and tricks to help improve ”your life in progress”.
Finally, I will be co-hosting the One Small Pledge by P&G everyday Twitter chat this Thursday, June 28 (tomorrow!) at 3:00 PM EST. Join me by using the hashtag #PGE1smallpledge to hear my tips to success – and, more importantly, I want to hear from you – I want to know how your resolutions are going, and what you’re doing to stay on track in an effort to better your life in progress.
Disclosure: I am working as a spokesperson for P&G’s everyday resolution campaign. Why? Because I use P&G products on a daily basis and it makes me happy to share this new project with you. As always, all opinions and stories are mine alone.