Do you ever wonder why you aren’t getting stuff done? If you do, please read on and see if you identify with this…
My to-do lists are more like delusional wish lists. Lately there has been an added element to that, too:
My delusional wish lists are ruining my morale.
I write down tasks and then immediately feel the desire to flee far, far away. This impulse quite understandably curbs progress.
This time, however, I have a plan, and it’s based on my strengths.
For me to even begin this plan, I had to spend time recognizing my strengths and weaknesses. Once I did that, I saw why certain tasks were remaining on my list for an embarrassing amount of time. I’ve illustrated this exercise below.
First, I listed my strengths —
- I am resourceful.
- I am creative.
- I am a pretty good writer.
- I am a hard worker.
- I am an experienced coach.
Then, I listed my weaknesses —
- I have a minimal knowledge of marketing.
- I have technophobic tendencies.
- I am not a graphic designer.
- I am not the greatest at sales.
- I am fearful of “putting myself out there.”
I then looked at one of my (many) to-do lists through the lens of my strengths and weaknesses. The results were illuminating!
Below is a brief example of a couple of items on my to-do list with comments I made after examining it via my strength/weakness paradigm:
Soul-Crushing To-Do List with Strength/Weakness Remedies (Mini-Example):
- Implement suggestions from Mary regarding improving my website.
- Weakness: I tend to put off making the changes in my website.
- Strength: I am creative. I am going to make a small investment and hire someone to spend one hour to work on my WordPress site and make the changes I need to make. Because I am creative, I can do the background work and save money that way.
- Attend at least one networking event this month.
- Weakness: I am genuinely fearful of “putting myself out there.” I prefer to stay home with a book. And while I don’t view my introversion as a weakness, I do view my urge to hide as somewhat problematic.
- Strength: I am an experienced coach. If I “put myself out there,” it can mean that I am simply showing up and listening to people. That can’t be a bad thing, and I might even add value!
I noticed that when I view the to-do items as areas where I can use my strengths and remedy my weaknesses, I have less of a tendency to procrastinate. Instead of being intimidating, my list became something that I’ve designed to help me complete things. It is more neutral and simultaneously more powerful. And it’s working!
How about you? Would an exercise like what I’ve done here help you in your progress?
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