In my most recent book, 25 Tips for Productivity, there is a chapter where I mentioned The Reflexion List. The idea of this list, as I mention on the book is simple: Have a place, where to find those things that I want it to think about during a vacation I was taking. As I mention there also, I continue having that list and I believe, that most people should have one.
There are many things that we are thinking constantly, most of the time in an inconsistent way. A soon as we place them in a place that we can check constantly, we begin thinking about them in a different way. The reality is, that this things are present, are things that worry us, that distract us and that entertain our mind constantly; regardless if we are willing to admit it or simply decided to ignore the existence of those, they do and many times there are not even important stuff.
The issue here is that this is a different kind of list, different that most of the lists you had made in your life. Even that the final objective is to cross the things on the list, is different than the other lists, because their initial objective is not.
The reality is that the objective of this list is simply allow you to focus and concentrate your energy and thinking power on those things, instead of spend mornings, afternoons and nights simply trying to think and reflect, waiting that something happen, simply use this same time and think based on your list, so that way, your thinking is on the things that are distracting you and maybe get a better chance to reach a solution.
Now stop for a moment and think on five (maybe three) things that had been distracting you lately. It can be the idea of eat healthier. How little are you reading. The amount of time that you are wasting in the web. The reason you are mad with that client, or simply, that your life isn’t what you expect that was going to be and what it is going to be your next step.
The fact that those are written in the list doesn’t imply that you are going to find a solution tomorrow, but its going to allow you , the next time that you have energy, are in the right mood, have the time or any combination of these elements, to use that energy and to get one step closer.
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