Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be talking about how to quit piling up the to-dos. This is going to be the first part in a two part series, so be on the lookout for part two coming soon. And if you have any questions about today’s blog, then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

Today we’re going to be talking about how to quit piling up the to-dos, because it’s time to declutter your brain.

Too often we keep this list of to-dos going on in our heads. It’s almost as bad when we’re stockpiling (saving, hoarding, etc…) physical things, except these to-dos live in our brain. And it really does cause a lot of problems. It causes extra stress, it causes disrupted sleep, and it can cause weight gain. And weight gain can happen because while you are trying to avoid this list in your head, it tends to turn you towards the couch, chips, and netflix. So it can cause a lot of problems when you have this list of to-dos and you just aren’t willing to do yet. So you want to be sure to really take hold of what you’ve got and get it done.

There are a lot of ways to get these things done. So if your list of to-dos is as long as mine, then there are a few steps that we have to go through to make sure that it’s a doable process for you. Because if your brain looks like mine, then you don’t want to go walking through that minefield. That’s how I fell and how most type A people feel. They feel like they always have some new idea or project always popping up in their heads and we’re always trying to get stuff done. So organization is key whenever trying to accomplish these tasks.

So first off you want to sit down and do what’s called a “brain dump”. Making a list is really what it is. It’s making a list of everything that is in your brain, and making sure that all of the ideas that you have going are getting written down. So writing them down doesn’t mean that things are immediately going to change, but it does mean that now you can physically see what’s there and what’s not there.

So a lot of times we build things up in our minds to be bigger or more complicated than what they need to be.  As you start to write it down you get a solid idea of what’s really there. You also will have a solid idea of what is really important for you to be taking care of, and maybe you find out that the things you thought were important aren’t as important as you thought. And maybe sometimes you have to pass the torch on some of your to-dos to someone else.

Whenever I think about this as a family, there are things that I do as a mom, but there are also things that I expect them to do on their part. Picking up their room, making their beds, that’s not on my list that’s on theirs. So if it’s in my head and it’s running around as something that I need to do, then I need to be learning how to teach them to do that better, rather than just holding onto it and just expecting me to get it done done at some point.

So making your list, doing a brain dump, is step #1. If you don’t do that then you don’t have a solid idea of where you are going, and it makes everything much harder.

So, step two is to take that list and turn it into a plan. So actually create something that you can start to work on. And as you start to make that plan you are going to write what you’re going to get done, when you are going to get it done, you’ll give yourself deadlines, and really create structure around that.

But the hardest thing with creating a plan is that you probably will get overwhelmed and don’t think that you have the time to get everything done. So instead, you want to be looking at the time that you do have during the day. It could be five or ten minutes in between tasks that you have to get something done. Take that time and utilize it.

I saw a blog post earlier about someone who was able to go and basically remove paper from their lives. They went from all paper records to all digital within two days, which is absolutely amazing to me. I’m sure that they spent that full 48 hours without sleep scanning things in.

So if all of that paper can be digitized in a few days, there are definitely places in our lives where we can look for that extra pocket of time. This person had a few days and decided that this is what they were going to do with it, and look what got accomplished!

So where can you start to find time in your life to get these things done? Well tip #3 is to find an accountability partner. Starting to sound kind of familiar, right?

The accountability partner is there because everyone needs accountability, especially for jobs that we don’t want to do. You need to make sure that you have someone there that knows what you are doing, is ready to support those things that you are doing, and is willing to celebrate with you when you’re finished. This way you know that you are getting it done, and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. There isn’t just all darkness.

So i’m going to end part one here. In part two we’re going to be talking more about ways to get your to-do list done and off of your mind.

If can’t wait for part two, or you want to know more about Custom Fitness and what we do here, then please give us a call. If you’re wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. Our trainers are here to look out for you and make sure that you are meeting your goals in a safe way. At Custom Fitness, we customize a plan for you. We sit down with you and find out what your needs are and then build a health and fitness plan around that. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.