Hello, and welcome to LearnDoBecome! Today I am sharing a key idea that has helped clear my mental load to actually feel excited about all of the things that I am not doing right now.
This may sound too good to be true— but it’s possible! And today I’m sharing with you how just one note and one folder can help you to create mental clarity, and bring you peace with some of the things you are not doing right now too. Simply hit “play” below to get started, or scroll down to read the show notes.
An Introduction to Your Someday List:
Do you ever feel like you have all of these ideas that you KNOW you want to do? They feel exciting, or they’re really necessary and you FEEL the urgency and excitement to do them, but you just can’t find the time right now to do them between all of your day-to-day tasks?
Well, what if I told you there’s a way to give yourself a mental reset and to feel at ease knowing these things will be taken care of when the time is right? Believe it or not, there IS a way to do this (and I personally have been using it myself for years!) It’s called The Someday List.
I learned this from David Allen, the author of the book, “Getting Things Done” ( linked below). This ONE idea opened up my mind and gave me so much clear space because it gave me a place to put things that I’m not going to do right now, but that I don’t want to forget about either. Think of it as a sort of parking spot for your ideas! I keep mine in two places (and this part is completely up to you!), but below I share how I have created my Someday List to work best for me.
Building it on Paper, Digital (or both!):
First, I have an actual Someday folder. What I like about having a paper folder is that I can include all my notes, scribbles, and paper references here. For those of you who enjoy writing your ideas and brainstorming on paper, this is a great way to keep your Someday List in a style that’s easy for you to expand and add to.
Next, I also have a digital note that I keep in Evernote. I call it, “Someday Just for Me” and the best part about this is how easily I am able to just type out ideas. Also with a digital note, you can add pictures, links, even a Pinterest board. You can make it look how you want to, but the idea is that you want to have just one or two places that are easily accessible to you.
I have found that I prefer one digital and one paper method, but you may pause here to reflect on what may work best for you. I personally LOVE using Evernote, and have been utilizing it for more than just my Someday Just for Me note— but maybe you’d prefer OneNote or the Notes App. However it makes most sense to you, pick whatever allows you to capture all your ideas in a way that brings YOU joy!
Keep Your List Easy to Find:
You’ll want to keep your Someday List somewhere where you can access it easily, and the reason for this is because you will be reviewing your Someday list (as often as you’d like)— and you want to be able to add to it at any moment when you’re ready to clear your thought-projects that have started piling in your mind!
Whenever you do have the time, energy, or space in your schedule, you can grab your someday list and go through it. Or, if your hands are filled with projects already, you can reference your list every few months–if anything is truly important to you, it will stand out.
Building a Routine to Review Your List:
Whether you look at your Someday List in 3 months, 6 months, or even every week, it will still be serving you regardless because your ideas are marked, stored, and readily accessible when the time is right for you. And maybe (as time passes) you will realize some of those projects are no longer part of your vision or priority, and you can get rid of them from your list!
Without even realizing it, as I opened my notes to make this video I noticed that there were three things on my list that just naturally happened on their own— even though I didn’t come back to the list. When you write something down, you know it’s safe, and you have a regular time to review it, you’re going to find that your mind will open up. You may no longer forget things that you otherwise typically would with your many floating thoughts.
My hope in sharing this is that you’re going to start to feel more excited about gathering ideas because you have a place to put them, even if now isn’t the right time to act on them. And the best part is that you may start to get moving on your most exciting ideas in a way that builds momentum in your life and sets you on a positive trajectory with your projects and goals.
How to Expand and Learn More:
The Someday File is actually part of what we teach in our full STEP Command Central framework. If you already have our STEPS to Everyday Program, you can go into Module 3 and Module 4 to learn more on how to actually collect, create and build your Command Central. And the remaining Modules will teach you how to use it!
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