After hitting rock bottom motivation wise this week, you guys have provided me with some great advice – the key piece being “make a list.”
Funny thing is – I had a list for the summer. On my phone that crashed a few weeks ago. When it was replaced, all the info on it was gone, so my list went with it.
And thus, my motivation, which was already hanging on by a perilous thread, disappeared. And I learned more about clones than anyone ever needs to know. And government conspiracies.
BUT now that I’m out of Orphan Black episodes to watch, I’m trying to claw my way out of the bottomless hole of boredom and lethargy.
I started out by cleaning my room… a little… and raiding my bookshelf for books to sell. After that burst of energy, I realized that I really did need to redo my summer goals list.
Because I know the power of a list.
I have 23,308 reasons why lists work – that’s the change in my net worth since I started making a list of it and my financial goals in September 2013.
To be honest, I just looked that sucker up now to write this and even I didn’t expect that. Can we go over how insane that is? That number covers starting out with some student loans still hanging over my head and a year of living in New York City.
Lists work. At the end of every accountability update, I’ve listed goals. Even that first one noted that the goal was to max out my IRA and save up $5,000 in my emergency fund by the end of the year.
And you know what?
Sometimes you achieve your goals and sometimes you have to re-evaluate them, but making a list keeps them present. I didn’t hit that $5,000 goal in 2013, but when I made my list for 2014 it was still on it and I did finally make it last year.
Writing down a list doesn’t set it in stone. You’re not suddenly married to the idea. But you are going steady with it now. There’s some commitment there. If you break it off, it will be thoughtfully, with a decisive strike through or erasing on the list, not because you just hid from the situation and didn’t answer its phone calls for a month.
Resolutions are a lot like this too! Trust me, I’ve always been a scoffer at people and most of their New Year’s resolutions – my own included. Then last year, Michelle over at Fit is the New Poor asked a few other bloggers to send her their resolutions. I thought, “why not?” and sent her over a list. Throughout the year, I slowly worked on that list and got quite a few things done and the things I let go, I really thought about why they were initially important enough to make the list and whether or not I was ready to part way or put them on hold.
So now I’m putting it out there. This week’s goal:
- Rewrite the summer goals list.
- Cross something off the summer goals list.