Create a Holiday Accomplished List

November 29, 2011 2 Comments

After a wonderful, long and restful Thanksgiving holiday it has suddenly hit me:

The holidays are really right around the corner!!!

My family celebrates Christmas, and while our smallish family makes gift buying and events a bit less than average, there is still a lot to do during the swiftly approaching month of December.

If you are like me, you are starting to create a flurry of To-Do lists. There are gifts to purchase (all my intentions of finishing shopping early have escaped me, again), cookies to bake, advent activities to plan, decorations to put up. I love Christmas and wholeheartedly look forward to everything that goes with the holiday season. But the To-Do lists? Well, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.

This year I’m going to try something new. I’m going to add a little piece to my To-Do list. I’m going to create an Accomplished list.

What exactly is an Accomplished list you ask?

Well, here’s the thing. Most of the time we create To-Do lists, either on paper, through awesome aps like Wunderlist, or even just in our heads. We diligently track everything we need to accomplish, then we cross out each item and toss our lists into the recycling bin. There is one important step that is all too often neglected — time to reflect on all that we accomplished!

When was the last time that you took some time to appreciate yourself for folding and putting away a load of laundry? or emptying the dishwasher? or completing an exercise video? You put these kinds of items on your To-Do lists every day. You even relish in crossing them out. But when you do you take time to look at everything you did in one little day?

It feels really amazing to be congratulated on an achievement. Unfortunately, we tend to leave celebrations of accomplishments for the big things — completing a half marathon, finishing a degree, giving birth. But, isn’t it the daily tasks of living that really carry us from one moment to the next?

I’m not suggesting you throw yourself a party every time you cook dinner. Instead, I am suggesting that you take a moment to reflect on all that you do. And this holiday season, I’m recommending appreciating everything you do to make the season magical for yourself and your family.

So, as I am building my holiday To-Do list, I’m also building a holiday Accomplished list. After I complete a task on my To-Do list I will take a few extra seconds to write the task on my Accomplished list. Then every day, or every other day, I will take a moment to look at what I’ve done.

In the beginning the To-Do list will be much longer than the Accomplished list. But, the day will arrive when the Accomplished list is longer. And then the day when the To-Do list is empty and the Accomplished list is full of holiday joy spread near and far. What a sight that will be. What a gift to myself.

When you take the time to celebrate all your successes it fills you up, it helps recharge your batteries so that you can take on the next task, it alleviates the feeling of running on a never-ending treadmill.

Will you join me in creating a holiday Accomplished list this year?

Comments (2)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Imene says:

    That is a wonderful idea! It is so true that we only celebrate the big events. I want to implement this

Leave a Reply