Do you feel overwhelmed sometimes? Like your life is going crazy and you’re just in survival mode, not thriving mode? It happens to all of us sometimes. Hell, it’s happening to me right now. Some big changes are happening and I feel like I’m just holding on for dear life. I’m not feeling very badass these days, but, hey, that’s why it’s called BECOMING a Badass, not I’m a Badass Because I’ve Got Everything In Life Figured Out and I’m Perfect.
I’ve learned that when I’m overwhelmed and feel like I’m on the brink of losing my mind, it’s best to stop, drop and make a list. If you’re already a list maker, you know what I’m talking about. If you aren’t a list maker, this is your come to Jesus moment. Lists will revolutionize your life. Lists can take you from a bonkers basket case to an in control badass.
So, here’s How to Make a Badass List When Life Get’s Crazy.
Step 1. BRAIN DUMP
Put everything you’ve got floating around in your head down on paper. List out everything that you need/want/think you should get done. No editing. This is a brainstorming-style brain dump. The goal is to get it out of your head and onto the paper.
Step 2. Prioritize
What really needs to be done? What needs to be done today or very soon? What can be put off until later? Your goal here is to make the list a manageable length. Pick the top 3-7 things that need to be done today and put them on a separate list. Decide what needs to be done first, second, etc. You can keep the rest of the list to refer to tomorrow or another day, but today, you are just going to do what needs to be done today.
Step 3. Break It Down
Take each thing that you need to get done and break it down into the smallest steps. For example, if you need to get your car ready to go on a road trip, that is too big of a task to be on your list. Break the step down into smaller actions, such as, get oil changed, clean out clutter, vacuum interior.
Step 4. Make It Actionable
Each item on your list should be proceeded by an action verb. You can’t mom. You can call mom, you can buy mom flowers but you can’t just mom. Make sure each item on the list has a clear action. Making each item actionable will keep you from wasting time, or worse yet, getting swept back into confusion.
You now know what you need to do, when you need to do it, and what you are going to do to get it done. Boom. You can get back to Becoming a Badass. Everyone gets overwhelmed. Life can be crazy, especially if you are going after big dreams, but you can have an arsenal of tactics at your disposal for dealing with the cray-cray. List making is a great one. I hope next time life feels like it’s about to run you over you can stop, drop and write a list.
Love you, badass.