Lists

The truck was fully loaded and we were ready to hit the road. Cara was at work and I had arranged time off to take the two wee ones on a short caravan holiday in the country.

We were extra excited about the trip because Granny and Grandad were meeting us there.

Just as I was getting ready to hit the road, in a split second I played out this horrendous accident in my mind where I crashed the truck and killed my kids. It came out of nowhere and knocked the wind out of me.

If you’re a parent you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It seems that you can’t experience joy and excitement without a dash of fear and despair.

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As you may know, just over a year ago I made the transition from entrepreneur to employee. It wasn’t as smooth as I first thought it might be and I continue to learn a lot about myself.

I’ve been slowly developing a personal philosophy for how to be a great team player at work, all while staying true to myself.

As you’d predict, I’ve been working it out over a series of lists 😉

Have a peek at these five lists and see if there’s something here for you…

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When we ignore all the little things that need doing in our life, they rumble and clack around like marbles in our mind.

Each marble is unique in size and colour, and as you collect more you get a little heavier, a little sluggish, and as gravity pulls you further down, you eventually come to a complete stop. 

You get a little crankier, a little more distracted, a little less patient.

Little, by little, by little, you become a type of person you don’t want to be. 

And just like our parents asked us to when we were children; before we move on to the next thing it’s time to gather up all our marbles and place them in the jar.

List #2 – What have I been putting off that needs doing?

As you take each marble and place it into the jar, notice how gravity seems to loosen its grip on you. 

Notice how your mood lifts and you become a little lighter on your feet.

This list makes the seemingly unattainable achievable, eliminates anxiety and fear by making the unknown known, and brings order to chaos.

Grab your pen and get every single marble out of your head and onto paper.

DFTBA!

Chris.

“Hey Ca, whatchya doin’?”

”Writing a list…obv.”

Ca is the busiest person I know, and lists are the single best way for her to get everything out of her head. If she doesn’t get it all on to a list, she can’t think clearly and the day spirals.

Lists are helpful that way, aren’t they?

Back in July, I filled a notebook with over 100 lists and thought I’d start this mini-series and share these prompts with you.

Just like Ca, maybe they’ll help you get a few things out of your head so you can clear the brain fog and think in a straight line 🙂

This first one is a list I keep coming back to.

I’ve written my own version a dozen times, and I’ve helped others write theirs, too.

This list can make dark days brighter, and tough days kinder.

List #1 – Things that make me feel better / Things that make me feel worse

OK, so it’s really two lists, but it’s handy if you write them together.

The plan is to keep this series short and sweet…so, it’s over to you now.

Get your piece of paper, the back of an envelope will do, and write your list 🙂

Here’s mine

DFTBA!

Chris.