To-do lists. Do they help?

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You wake up to start the day and your mind naturally starts putting together a to-do list right away.

  • Get breakfast made
  • Feed the pet
  • Workout
  • Prep lunch
  • Answer emails
  • Check what's happening on Facebook
  • Put gas in the car

The morning list then goes on and on and on and on. You haven't even gotten to start your work day yet and create that to-do list!

The question we ask, is it good to have a to-do list? Does that help you figure what needs to be done and get through your day?


Does the to-do list slow you down? Does it have you focusing on the things that aren't really moving you forward?

Many of us like to create to-do lists. That way we can clear all of the thoughts that are running around in our head. By putting them on paper it allows us to stop thinking about them and know we will get them done.

Many of us love to check things off on our to-do list because it makes us feel like we have accomplished something with our day or our time.

A mentor of mine taught me early to create a to-do list each day and then sort the list with the most important thing at the top. He then told me to draw a line between #5 and #6 on the list and my day could not end until the top 5 were complete.

To Do ListAccording to the studies and research shared in The ONE Thing it is time to take that to the extreme. As you create your to-do list, sort it with the most important thing and do the first thing and the first thing only. Once that is done, sort your list once more.

If you have the correct item at the top of your list, completing it should make everything else easier or unnecessary in your world.

Remember that the majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do.

Turn your to-do list into a success list!

If you are ready to learn more about this powerful question you can get your own copy of The ONE Thing or contact me to learn how to bring the official The ONE Thing Workshop to youONEThing Certified


By asking yourself the focusing question you will find the item that should be #1 on your success list help you work on the right thing!


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Chadalyst - Create your to-do list and then ask yourself the focusing question - What's the ONE thing I can do today such that by doing it everything else will become easier or unnecessary. Now review your to-do list and convert it into a success list. Find that FIRST domino!

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  1. Bob Crane 05/31/2015 10:00 AM
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I am a huge believer in lists and start and end my day with them...type A

May 27, 2015 12:18 AM #1
Chad Hyams
Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region - Johns Creek, GA

Kristin, make sure you take those lists and make them success lists, not just to-do lists that way you focus on the important stuff, not just the busy stuff

May 27, 2015 12:20 AM #2
Bob Publicover
Publicover Realty Group, inc - Stuart, FL
Thinking outside the box

Hi Chad,

Many people don't think much about the need for a to-do list. But in reality I think we ALL do one everyday. it may be somewhat informal, some actually scribbled on a napkin, mental notes or a "real" to-do list. 

Your post makes me want to reestablish a "real" to-do list.

Thanks for your helpful post.

May 27, 2015 12:27 AM #3
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

it seems a silly question Chad and most successful people will agree that a few moments spent in planning will save days in wasted rambling!

May 27, 2015 03:18 AM #4
Chad Hyams
Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region - Johns Creek, GA

Bob Crane there isn't a question in there though. :-)
I am not saying don't make a list, I am saying make a success list, not just a to-do list and focus on what is really important not just things you can check off.
Ask successful people and they will tell you they got where they are by doing the important tasks not just any tasks.

May 27, 2015 03:22 AM #5
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Amen Chad!
The question that I was referencing was the one in the title as to whether to do list could be valuable.

May 27, 2015 03:31 AM #6
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

yes in our world success is when you Turn your to-do list into a To-Done list

May 27, 2015 11:37 AM #7
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Chad Hyams - Shawn and I were just talking about this! Thanks for reinforcing what we know is right. Love the name...Success list!

May 27, 2015 10:48 PM #8
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I like to to having  a "To Done" list.

Dec 20, 2015 07:35 PM #9
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