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  • Writer's pictureChris Carlock

Make a List and Check it Twice

If you're like most people, you've got a laundry list of things you'd like to do, or things you'd like to learn. If you're like most people, that list doesn't get shorter. If anything, it gets longer because we don't make the time to do the things on our lists.

We have great ideas and moments of inspiration where we say things like, "I want to learn Spanish," or, "I want to play the guitar," or, "I want to write a book." But then we don't do much with that idea or inspiration.

Ultimately, we look back on those ideas and say things to ourselves like, "If only I had some more time..." The reality for most of us is this: We have more time than we realize. Sure, we don't have large blocks of time, but there are little chunks of time (10-15 minutes) scattered throughout most of our days. What are we doing with those little chunks of time? Most of us have defaulted to checking our phones (myself included). But what if we created a list of all the things we want to do and want to learn? What if we carried that list with us and defaulted to checking it instead of checking our phones? Let's call this list our "To-Grow List." It contains items that help us learn something new or move toward a specific goal. What if instead of checking Facebook or Twitter, we logged in to Duolingo and completed a 5-minute Spanish exercise? What if instead of looking at Instagram we practiced guitar for 10 minutes? What if instead of checking email we wrote a few pages of our book? Today I encourage you to create a "To-Grow List." What are some things you want to learn or get better at? What is something you put off to the side with the plan to come back to later? What are some actions that you know will move you forward if you can just find a couple of minutes to do them each day? Make a list. Carry it with you. Check it twice (at least). Use it to grow.

Make it a great day! Coach Chris


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