October 3, 2023

How Using Lists and Schedules Can Fire Up Your Attitude

Dr. Roy Vongtama

People ask me how I get so much done, from doctoring, acting to volunteering, writing, etc.

The answer is efficiency.

Everything I do, before I do it, even while I am doing it, I try to do it as efficiently as possible.

Notice I didn't say, "as fast as possible."

Because efficiency means doing my best in the least amount of time, but speed is the secondary factor,

not the first.

In our busy lives, we often don't feel like we have time for everything.

And you're right, you don't.

One thing a business coach, Andrew Papageorge, taught me was to make lists on paper, with schedules for the week, rather than keeping them in my head.

He said this was the MOST important efficiency skill one can have.

I was shocked.

The reason, he said, was because we often don't realize how little time we have in a day.

Often it's not possible to get everything on the list done.

In fact it is generally IMPOSSIBLE, if you're like me, and have a lot to do.

If we get to the end of the day, the undone"mental list" is recorded subconsciously as a failure.

Instead of being proud and saying, "Hey, look what I did today!" and looking through the checked list, we mentally say, "Oh man, I didn't get to that AGAIN. Crap."

But if you make a list, and realize, "Write a chapter of your book" would probably take 8 hours and you only have 2 hours, because of a job, child or family, then you won't task yourself with that for the day.

You'll see that it's not possible and you can let yourself schedule achieveable things for those two hours, like "Do the laundry."

Try it and you'll see that those "wins" will make you will feel more like an achiever, which is the attitude you want to develop toward yourself and your health.