This is a picture of my to-do list. This list is not for my whole life, but the ministry in which I work. Some items are crossed off, I continually add items to it. I imagine a 114 point to do list probably seems daunting, particularly when I already shared that I still regularly add to it.
So why is my to-do list so long, and will I ever finish it?
There are goals in life that are finite. Set a goal to travel to England, accomplish the steps to get to that goal, and viola… it’s done. Finished. Toss the list away and move on.
There are goals in life that are infinite, meaning always in motion. Set a goal to build a corporate empire? I hate to bear the news, but there will never be a day where you sit back and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Even if there is no where left to grow, there is always maintenance and fine tuning. You may have a staff that does 75% of the work for you, but 25% of your efforts are still in strategy mode.
An infinite goal is going to have a growing to-do list.
I also choose to not write out broad term goals, but instead action steps to get to that goal. Which means a single goal could have multiple actions steps listed to get from point A to point B.
I keep this list, and add to it for two reasons…
- It has the complete vision of my goal. Everything I want to do, need to do… now and in the future. Some things may take years to get crossed out, others mere minutes. You might even question why bother writing it down if I can knock it out quickly. The answer is point 2.
- It is a measurable accounting of my time, efforts, and successes. I not only see what needs to be done, but what has been done. When I feel like things are moving slowly, I am reassured when I can look back on all that has been done. When I look through the list of crossed off items, I can see where and how I spent my time. It becomes almost a business journal of bullet points to reflect on. I know what tactics I have tried, and what I haven’t. I can review what worked and what didn’t. I am looking at my work in a full view of past, present, and future.
Don’t just make a quick list of goals. Break it down into real actionable steps.
Don’t throw away completed lists. Keep them, this is the documented evolution of your dreams and goals!