January 19, 2016

Six Steps to Finally Follow Through With Your To-Do List






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How many times have you told yourself “tomorrow”? Or how many times have you pushed something on your to-do list off until later or another day, and then another day, and so on?

… And how many times have you been shocked at your ability to accomplish a task you didn’t think your could? Or complete more tasks in a single day than you ever thought possible?

You see, “If you really want to do something you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” I love this quote by Jim Rohn for so many reasons: 1) if you answered “yes” to either of the first two questions, you can see the truth in it; 2) if you answered “yes” to either of the last two questions you can se the truth in it; and 3) if you answered “Yes” to all four questions, you can see the truth in it! 🙂 Are you starting to see the pattern here? There is so much truth to his quote. You see, wherever you focus your efforts is where you will be able to accomplish (or not accomplish) the most.  If you focus on the pay-off in completing a task, you are more likely to do it, on the flip side, if you focus on the negatives in actually having to do the task, you will find an excuse to get yourself out of doing it. Moral of the story: focus on the pay-off, focus on the reward, and focus on why that thing is on your to-do list in the first place.

So now that you have a little bit of insight into yourself from his quote, how can you use this insight to tackle your daily “to-do’s”?


  • Well first of all, ask yourself what are your goals? To feel less stressed? To get a new car? Get in swimsuit shape for the summer? Whatever they are take a moment to think about the most important ones to your right now, and maybe even jot those down.
  • Next, do you have a to-do list? If you don’t then I suggest you create one right away! How are you supposed to reach your goals if you can’t even keep them straight? For your first to-do list, just put everything that comes to mind on it. I mean everything, from steps to reach your goals; to annoying chores you have been delaying, to absolute necessities like mailing Nana her birthday card before her special day passes.
  • Now that you have your to-do list, it’s time to get organized. Take a look at your list, and ask yourself: “Does this need to get done within the next 24 hours?” Put a check mark next to all of the items you answered “yes” to.
  • Next, you are left with a list of things you need to get done, but not within the next 24 hours, so you will need to set a dead line for each one. Some of these may already have a deadline involved, but some you may need to hold yourself more accountable with. I recommend using your calendar app on your computer or phone since you will typically have your phone with you at all times (TIP: Make sure you calendar on your computer and phone are synced so you have easy access on either device).
  • Once you set a deadline for each of your “to-do’s”, make sure to plug it into your calendar app, and set an alert. These reminders are essential for sticking to your timeline. I suggest setting two alerts, one for the day before its “due” and one for 60-30 minutes before its actually “due”. This way your phone can also act as an accountability to help keep you on track.
  •  “If you really want to do something you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”  No excuses – get it done! When the alerts start to go off on your phone, and you start to come up with the excuses to not follow through, remember what your goals are (getting fit, getting that car, relieving stress, etc.) and remember, if you really want to reach those goals, you will find a way…. and if you start making excuses today, who is going to stop you from making them tomorrow? and the next day? So get it done and don’t let yourself down!


Most of all have fun! Remember, each day to try a little harder than you did yesterday, and in no time at all you will be shocked at what you have accomplished! The most important relationship in life is the one you have with yourself, so do not disappoint!



Rachel_RitlopRachel Ritlop knew she was meant to help others in a big way, which is why she obtained her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education. Rachel quickly excelled in her career as a counselor at a leading dual diagnosis treatment center, however, she quickly realized her dream job, was more of a nightmare. Rachel was afraid to quit and follow her new dream of coaching job seekers and entrepreneurs, so she tried to “suck it up” and kept going to work day in and day out, totally miserable. Until the universe stepped in and did for her what she couldn’t do for herself: she got fired. Twice actually, in under a month. Cause of termination? She was still doing great at her job, her clients loved her, but she brought moral down with her co-workers. Rachel decided it was time to listen to that little voice inside of her, telling her she was meant for more, she was meant to become a solopreneur and empower others find their happiness in their work. Today, Rachel works as a Career and Business Coach, empowering Gen Y to make more money and build their dream careers. Rachel works nationally via Skype.

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