Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I'm a list maker. No way around it. And most of the time, most of the things get done. Usually the ones that are most important. Or at least the ones with deadlines looming. I'm getting better about meeting deadlines. In this business, you have to be.

However there was a time when my favorite thing about deadlines was the "whooshing" sound they make rushing by.

I've done the goal setting thing, the resolution thing, the do it and reward yourself thing and failed at all of them. I want to share what works for me. It's a little thing called DUH!

D - Do it first or as close as humanly possible.

U - Understand it may be inconvenient and/or difficult and do it anyway.

H- Hurray, celebrate! You did it!

Here's why it works for me. There isn't much worse than going to bed with things that needed to be done still needing to be done. The guilt robs me of sleep and I lay there berating myself for not getting things done. By applying "D", I don't have to dread doing it or the results of not doing it.

The "U" also reminds me it may not be fun. For example, exercise. Not fun but definitely got to be done.

My favorite is the "H". We should celebrate our accomplishments everyday. No matter how small they are.

I'd love to take credit for this little system but just can't. I found it on Margie Lawson's website several years ago.  I didn't see it there the last time I looked but  here's the link.

Now, apply as needed:--)


V.R. Leavitt said...

This is great! I make lists too, but I need to get better at actually LOOKING at them. :-)

Sandra said...

I've tried most of the things you list and they haven't helped me either. I'll give DUH a try! :-)


Jaleta Clegg said...

Lists depress me, usually because they are so long. Sticky notes are better. The act of throwing a sticky note in the garbage is very empowering. I'll give DUH! a try.

Cheryl said...

Oh, this is neat. Me, I rarely stress out about my to-do lists, but they do keep me motivated and focused. I'm glad you found something that works for you.


Lynn Andrade said...

I'm still a fan of the "whooshing" thing. :D