5 Ways A Checklist Will Transform Your Life

 

Checklists. One of my number one tools. They're so useful and I use them pretty much everywhere and for everything.

The main reason, for me, behind the power of the simple checklist is that when you write it down, it makes a commitment from you to do that thing.

Using checklists can take your from uncertainty to clarity. It might sound like hyperbole but they can even save lives! That's right. I read about a surgeon who uses checklists to make sure that the operations, especially complex ones, have a better success rate.

When I put a checklist together, I'm thinking about what it is I need to get done. Kind of like a recipe - you have the things you need, and you have the process of cooking. This is the checklist in essence.

You can apply this to many areas of your life. It could be a checklist for a party, a packing list, a shopping list, anything! My son uses them to make sure that he has everything he needs for the activities he does. So he has a checklist for football, a...

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Are You Settling In Life?

 

I want to start by telling you about a story involving my son. We were actually in California and he wanted to buy some new trainers.

So, my view is that he gets a pair that are fit for purpose and that will last him. It turns out that buying trainers for teenage boys is as hard as buying for teenage girls!

We went to lots of different stores and he tried on any number of pairs of trainers, but nothing seemed to fit properly. He really wanted a particular brand of shoe and so the one pair we found that fit, he wasn't that keen on.

I said to him, don't buy them because you're settling for them. It's better to get the ones that you really like, that you'll be happy with rather than just accepting something quick and easy.


I thought about this and how it applies to a lot of things in our lives. Why do we 'settle' for things? We do this so many times.

I'm not talking about the items we buy for our weekly shop. If they don't have the food item that we want we just replace it. It's...

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Are You Letting Procrastination Win?

 

Procrastination - the action of delaying or postponing something.

Why are we letting procrastination win? We only get one life and we spend so much time talking ourselves out of doing things. We need to embrace life and get past procrastination. 

So, how can we get around it? First of all, be aware that you are procrastinating in the first place. You need to be able to recognize when you're procrastinating if you're going to beat it.


How can we cure it or deal with it? I discuss it in more detail in the video but here's a few points:

1. Write down what you want to achieve with a strict deadline. This links back to what i was talking about yesterday. For larger goals, break them down into smaller steps.

2. Believe that you can achieve your goals. I'm a firm believer in visualization - try it, it works.

3. Use accountability to help you take the steps you need to get them done. Sometimes, simply having the infrastructure in place isn't enough if you...

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Do You Have A Dream Or Plan?

 

Many people want to achieve things in their life, but what is the point in having a dream about achieving something, if you don't have a plan to get there.

I've been working on my health and fitness for a while but recently I took my foot of the pedal a bit. When I look at my journal record, it's blank! I haven't planned anything so it's no wonder that I've let things go a bit.

You may have a dream but you need a plan if you want to achieve that dream.

If you think about where you are now, you must have had some kind of a plan that led you here. It's the same when it comes to planning for any dream that you want to achieve.

Your dream could be going to university, getting a job, getting married, fixing your health. Any number of things. You shouldn't just fumble through life hoping that things work out. If you're serious about achieving your dreams then your MUST plan for them.

Everyone I've ever coached or worked with, who has gotten success with their crazy aspirations,...

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Can You Make Good Decisions?

Sometimes making a decision can be the hardest thing in the world. You’ve done the research, you have identified some choices, you know what your gut feeling says, yet you remain stuck. Stuck in a place where you are unable to make a decision and move forward.

It is a horrible place to be when you are stuck.

I know, I’ve been there many, many times.

I want to share with you the things that I have discovered in 40+ years of decision making.

How to make decisions efficiently:

Decisions can be made using the techniques below but sometimes it is useful to learn ways that allow the decision to be made efficiently. Peter Bregman, author of 18 MInutes Find Your Focus, has some interesting techniques for making decisions:

  • For predictable and routine decisions, by building a habit, e.g. you always walk to work, rather than the tube, you avoid decision entirely and can save decision making energy in unpredictable situations.
  • Use if/then thinking in order to routinize...
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