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As you get older, you may become more self-aware and know what you want from life. There are certain lists that you can continue to make throughout your life to level it up. There are so many lists that you can make in order to make positive changes in your life, know what you want to bring into it and gain some clarity.
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Making lists enables you to not only keep organised but allows you to explore different areas of your life. You could even use them as a reflection task to take charge of your life and to know what direction you want the next stage of your life to be.
Here are 8 lists that you should be making to up-level your life:
1. Discomfort List
A discomfort list is activities and things that make you a little uncomfortable and cause you discomfort, but you want to work towards achieving them by challenging yourself.
The best way for you to populate this list is to create a comfort list and a panic list. Your comfort list is activities and things that you are happy and comfortable doing. Your panic list is activities and things that make you anxious and not in exciting or challenging ways; they make you completely panic! It is important that you distinguish from your discomfort and panic otherwise you will end up regressing to your comfort zone. It is about finding the middle ground.
For example, your comfort zone is having a phone call with a friend or relative and your panic list could be video calling a group of people. So, your discomfort list activity could be to have a video call with a loved one. You can take small steps, so it does not become too overwhelming, but also you are succeeding slowly. Your lists could be dramatically different to others even if you feel your discomfort list could seem too easy; do NOT think like that! Challenging yourself regularly with list will help you to build your self-confidence and learn to step outside your comfort zone.
2. Connections List
A connections list is a list of inspiring people you would like to know. This list does not have to be a specific person; it could just be a list of qualities of a person that you would like to come into your life. It could be that you would like to befriend someone in your area who struggles with a chronic illness, or women in your area who run their own businesses. It can be beneficial to connect with others especially to bounce ideas off of, or to have a positive friendship with which can help to improve your confidence.
When you have made the list of people or the qualities that you are looking for, you are putting it out there into the universe. Once you do this, your mind is actively seeking out those people and you will snatch up opportunities when they are presented.
3. Travel List
There is a quote that is shared a lot about there being 3 components of happiness: ‘1. Someone to love. 2. Something to do and 3. Something to look forward to.’ Having something to look forward to really helps me. Planning trips and the anticipation of the trip can be just as exciting as the trip itself.
Writing a list f places you would like to travel to can help you visualise you going to that place. Once you have written down the placed that you would like to travel to, is again putting it into existence. Again, this puts you in the mind set to seek out those opportunities to visit those places.
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4. Experience List
An experience list is where you write down activities or small weekend trips you want to incorporate into each year. When you revisit your goals quarterly or have a monthly reset (however you choose to evaluate), this is when you have the opportunity to pencil in the activities or mini breaks away that you would like to experience. When you plan out each month and add those experiences, you will always have something to look forward to, no matter how small.
Adding experiences into your life regularly with activities as simple as going to a new workout class can help and prevent you getting into a rut both physically or mentally.
5. Skills To Learn List
You are never too old to learn something new. Learning new skills helps to expand your mind and helps to improve your confidence. Learning new skills in your own time can help you to work towards a particular career. It can be beneficial for you to write down your vision and then research what skills you need to achieve this. It can also be helpful to have your vision or the list of skills you would like to learn written down somewhere visible; for example, in your journal keeps them in your focus. There are many resources you can use to earn new skills such as: books, online courses and platforms like Skillshare.
6. Achievements List
Celebrating your achievements, even the smallest wins, is so important to not only acknowledge how far you have come, but to also motivate you to move forward and achieve more of your goals. It is about giving yourself grace with what you have achieved ad knowing that you did the best that you could. Seeing significant achievements on paper, in a list form, can evoke a more positive attitude about approaching your future tasks and goals. Any accomplishment, no matter how small, activates the reward circuitry in your brain and endorphins are released that give you a feeling of achievement and worth. Dopamine is also released that can energise you, give you a feeling of reward and provide you with the motivation to continue to achieve.
7. Weekly To-Do Lists
Every week, writing down the tasks you would like to get done can help you to start a new week super-organised and you are aware of what you need to achieve. By writing this list before the start of the week, will help you to not only plan your week ahead of time, but you can also start with your tasks straight away on Monday morning instead of writing your to do list first.
Taking time to write to d lists can help you to hold yourself accountable and if you struggle with remembering, writing tasks down can stop you from missing deadlines. Sometimes my brain fog can be really bad and writing tasks or important deadlines down has been a life saver.
Weekly to do lists can enable you to manage your time more efficiently especially if you struggle to balance your time. There is always something motivating about checking off tasks and inspires you to push yourself to complete more tasks. As well as planning tasks you need to complete, planning self-care tasks is so important for your mental wellbeing. This will mean that you will always have self-care time scheduled into each week.
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8. Five Year Dream List
‘Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten.’
When you think about a 5 year plan/dream list, it can be really intimidating. You are not writing a list of goals and dreams that are set in stone. You can change them as you will change and grow as the months and years pass. Writing your dreams, vision and goals can help you gain clarity as to what you really want from life. The 5 year list can be beneficial because you may say you’ll achieve something in a year, but realistically it could actually take 5 years.
Instead of a list, you could make a mind map. Place ‘5 Year Plan’, or if you prefer a shorter timescale, in the middle of a piece of paper. You can then list all the areas of your life and then think about what you want to be or what you want to have in those areas. Placing the list, mind map or vision board in a visible place, so that you can see it regularly, will ensure that you are able to redirect yourself to your goals.