The holidays are fast approaching - and by fast I mean that it snowed on Halloween and sent my neighbors into a tailspin that resulted in Christmas lights the very next day. Also, the cold weather on Halloween means that no candy left my house. It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Candy. Feeling this sense like the holidays are rushing towards me like an unstoppable train. More Candy.
Here’s the thing - I still want to get work done during the holidays. I love my job. I want to be doing it most of the time. The holiday season offers some great distractions and moments that I truly value, but I mostly have visions of sugar plum fairies who help me improve my website SEO or spending time getting to help clients strategize for an awesome 2020.
So, how can I work on enjoying the holidays more - while still being focused on getting stuff done in the job that I love?
I wanted to introduce you to a concept called...
Yes, I know about your secret to do list. You make your regular ‘to do’ list for the day, the one that you could probably accomplish - if you were perfect all day long. Then you make a secret ‘to do’ list- this is the one you think you should also be able to get done.
Why do we do this? Yes, I know you're ambitious. I am too! But if I’m going to be successful, and less stressed, then I also need to be realistic. My secret to-do list is getting in my way. Do you get to the end of you day and feel like you didn't get anything done? Maybe your secret to do list is why - because you did get lots of stuff done, just not the unrealistic stuff that there was never going to be time for anyway.
Top 4 reasons not to make a secret ‘to-do’ list: