My Extended, Quirky To Do List

As a corporate trainer and one who loves seeing the bright sparks of participant’s learning, while expanding their thoughts, and making connections, I believe it’s important in any training to anchor the learning.  To facilitate activities that help participants transfer the learning to their workplace.

One example of how I do that is my extended and slightly quirky to do list.  It has five segments:

To Do

  • things I want to start doing, being or having  this month

To continue doing

  • these work, so I should continue doing these

To stop doing

  • I tried these but they aren’t effective, so I shouldn’t do them anymore

To not do

  • I know I want to stay away from these

To done

  • yep, that’s not a typo; these are my accomplishments – I am proud of these.  This one is left off most lists I know of and yet it’s critical to take time to reflect on what we’ve done not just on what’s left to do.

Feel free to use the tool if it works for you.  Download a pdf version here.  In the next few posts I’ll give you examples of each, things that I personally am doing, not doing, ‘done-ing’ etc.

Drop me a comment and let me know what’s on your list.

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10 Responses to “My Extended, Quirky To Do List”

  1. Doug Says:
    January 11th, 2010 at 4:35 am

    I think you need one more:

    to do’odle: the ability to avoid following your lists and let your mind wander …

  2. Bill Ursel Says:
    January 11th, 2010 at 7:50 am

    To Do: Live more freely, dare to fail without reservation, accept others with their skills, wrinkles and warts . . .and embrace the ‘To Done’ list . . .great reminder Lee-Anne.

  3. Lee-Anne Ragan Says:
    January 11th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I agree- I call that floating time. I find if I’m on track with my focus I have more floating time. Calgon here I come.

  4. Lee-Anne Ragan Says:
    January 11th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Right on Bill. I happen to love wrinkles. I think they’re a road map of one’s life.

    I like your comment about ‘failing’ – I’ve been thinking lately that perhaps we should aim for more regrets. A life lived without regrets perhaps means not enough risk taking. Perhaps ‘failure’ is a good indicator of a life well lived in that it means we’ve stretched outside our comfort zone.

  5. WP Themes Says:
    January 18th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Good dispatch and this fill someone in on helped me alot in my college assignement. Say thank you you on your information.

  6. Carol M Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Saw a great magnet the other day. It said “Wish for Mistakes”. I agree – no mistakes or failure means a life lived safely.

  7. Jill Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I love “to do-odle” We are all so busy in life it becomes tougher and tougher to fit in “to do-odle” time. I think mine is going to be while I commute (Toronto dweller). (don’t worry I’ll pay attention to the road too!) It’s a start anyway!

  8. Lee-Anne Ragan Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Love it. I once saw a card from Ikea that said something like ‘the only time we don’t make mistakes is when we’re sleeping’.

  9. Lee-Anne Ragan Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    To start is a huge beginning. Kudos to you. Check out Dr. Hallowell’s book ‘Crazy Busy’ for a similar take on time. You can also read my review of the book (one of my fav’s, the book not the review) at http://bit.ly/4B7FWa. Cheers to to do-odling!

  10. My extended quirky to do list part 7 – to’odle | Rock.Paper.Scissors.Blog Says:
    January 11th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    […] now I can take the advice of a reader (confession time, none other than my hubby), to add ‘do’odle’ – the ability to avoid following my lists and let my mind […]

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