If you rummage around in your desk drawer or supply cabinet, you’ll likely find one of the most powerful and life-changing tools available today: the humble 3x5 card.
When I first read the book Oola: Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World, its authors—Dr. Dave Braun and Dr. Troy Amdahl—recommended their own daily strategy for getting things done and achieving goals that will change your life.
Grab a 3x5 card and divide it in half by drawing a vertical line down the center. List the things you have to accomplish for work on one half—and the things you have to accomplish at home on the other. Whether it’s finishing that sales report or running errands—whatever is important today—write it down.
When you do, that 3x5 card may surprise you.
If you find your card is filled with tasks, errands and calls that don’t really move you closer to your biggest life goals, it’s time to reassess your priorities.
For example, if your goal is to be debt-free, could you do one thing every day toward eliminating your debt? Instead of writing down “Order that bracelet for Gennifer’s birthday,” your 3x5 card might read: “List outstanding bills in a spreadsheet.” Instead of “Start new car shopping,” your card could read “Move $100 from vacation fund to auto loan.”
See what I mean? Once it’s written down, you can see what makes sense (or not), and write a different to-do list that gets you closer to your best life ever: your “new normal.”
As a Certified Oola Life Coach, I help clients create a list of goals, then prioritize their tasks and—most importantly—stay accountable to accomplishing them week by week. In fact, I’ve joined forces with Dave and Troy to bring my followers the Oola formula via a 10-week coaching experience designed to transform your life, your finances, your relationships and more. Email me (or send me a chat below) and we can jump on a call about it.
But for now, pull out a 3x5 card and write your must-do’s for tomorrow. I hope they include getting closer to your goals.
Just for fun, drop a comment below and tell us the one thing you’ve decide to do asap. Let’s share!