I have always been one of those people who loved making to-do lists. It wasn’t thinking up and writing down the tasks that thrilled me — It was making that big, dark, check-mark or X I could put in the little square box by each of those topics. I was so enamored with those checkmarks I would actually add things to my to-do list after I had completed them, so I could put the checkmark! Are any of you with me on this? Yes, I know, it could be considered an addiction or anal behavior, but, oh….how I loved checking things off!
As a long-time entrepreneur (beginning at the age of 7!) I was the queen of checkmarks. I thought that the to-do list with big checkmarks meant I was being productive or at least looked successful! But really, I was spending - or wasting - a lot of my time making to-do lists.
Over the years as my businesses have grown and my maturity has deepened (a little!), I started to wonder what life and my business would look like if I started putting together To-Be lists. With my checkmark pen in hand, I decided to try. I quickly discovered this type of list was completely different and much more difficult to achieve. But, I do believe that this list is what has made me look at business and life much differently. I’ve grown as a person - personally and professionally as I put this method into place.
As a woman of faith, I know that this is the type of list I need to continue to use. And guess what, the topics on this list rarely get marked off! They are those things that hopefully never will end. Here is a part of my list……see if you can come up with your own!
Cindy’s To Be List:
Be a better manager of money and resources.
Be the type of friend who listens and is just “there” when someone needs a friend to listen or share the ups and downs of life.
Be a more encouraging person to employees, vendors, friends, and family.
Be a business who schedules self care on a regular basis rather than working and worrying 24:7.
Be a better wife, mom, sister and daughter-in-law.
Be a person who does not judge others.
Be a person who believes and lives life knowing that productivity does NOT EQUAL value or love.