The Magic of a List

by Bill Mansell on December 17, 2009 | One Minute Motivators

This time of year, we hear a lot about Santa “making a list and checking it twice.” It seems like a lot of people think this list is about figuring out who’s naughty or nice. On the contrary, I choose to believe that Santa, like all of us, when confronted with a big task and a busy schedule, knows the value of making a list to keep himself organized and on track.

Have you ever woken up on a Saturday morning with no plans and nothing in particular to do? You may have a lot of things that you would like to do, but with no particular hurry or plan, how many of those things did you get done? None, right? On the other hand, think about the day before going on an extended vacation. Perhaps you have a dozen things that must be done in order to be ready. You sit down, make a list, plan out your day and — voila! – everything gets done, like magic. That is the power of a list.

Once your list is written, go over it again and prioritize your list. Decide which events or tasks are most important and give them priority. Then, start with the most important item and do it first. Keep your list in front of you at all times so you are not distracted by things that may seem urgent, but are not that important. Notice, Santa doesn’t just make a list, he checks it again and again.

Success Tip: To increase productivity and reduce distractions, take a lesson from Santa and start your day by making a list and checking it twice.

Bill Mansell is president of MindPerk, Inc., one of the web's largest resources for self improvement and business training. A dynamic speaker and success coach, Bill is the author of a weekly blog titled, One Minute Motivators. Bill helps companies and organizations inspire and motivate their team members to consistently achieve more. His contagious enthusiasm has helped people from all walks of life to reach and exceed their goals.

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Jerry March 14, 2013

Great article. Will personally recommend to my friends.


stakilir September 14, 2011

So many times I do not do what i want to do, but do instead what I don’t want to do!


Enrique February 9, 2011

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Avanubvap December 6, 2010

Thanks, nice post. Keep up the good work


Iraida December 5, 2010

Good shared information.


kevin December 17, 2009

good info, simple, back to basics staying focused


dave December 17, 2009

very well said.


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