“What do Madonna, Martha Stewart, John Lennon, Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Franklin, Ronald Reagan, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, and Johnny Cash have in common? Each is (or was) a list maker. These successful people, along with CEOs and successful entrepreneurs, all use lists to keep track of their ideas, thoughts, and tasks.” Paula Rizzo, the author of Listful Living is going to share her best tips on how to use lists to live a happier, less stressed life. The show notes are at https://thegoodlifecoach.com/037 

As a former senior health producer for Fox News Channel for more than a decade Paula produced segments with a range of top experts, including JJ Virgin, Jillian Michaels, and Deepak Chopra. A media veteran for nearly 20 years, she also worked in local news in New York City as a producer for WCBS, WPIX and WLNY.

Key Takeaways:

Create your roadmap the night before to set your intention for the next day.  Write down how you want your day to go to keep you focused on priorities.

Have one notebook and use it as a your system – but know not every system will work for everyone, so you’ll need to figure out what works best for you.

Make your lists very specific. For example, don’t say do emails, write down who you need to email and when you are going to do it.

Listful Living helps you figure out your productivity style. If you are struggling to get things done, time yourself to see how long a task takes you.

Do a before lunch and after lunch list.  For example, morning can be your writing time and in the afternoon set up meetings.

Create separate lists.  Work tasks.  Home tasks on different lists.  Time yourself for 10 minutes and see how far you can get in that minutes.

Lists help us be less stressed. Stress impacts your mind and soul and 70-90% of all medical visits are related to stress.

Listful Living – The Book

How many minutes there are in a day? 1,440 minutes. How are you spending those precious minutes? Do you feel drained at the end of the day or look back and can’t figure out where the time went?

Prioritize what really matters: Listful Living is the journal you need to get your life in order once and for all. Make sure you’re putting the right things on your list not just lists of tasks but those things you truly want to do that will nourish your soul.

Don’t be afraid to outsource to get things off of your list.  Let go of the things you think you “should be doing”

Give yourself time on your calendar for you.  Create an “isolation bubble”.  

Paula’s 3 Best Tips for List-Making:

  1. Be clear about what you put on your list- you’ll be 33% more likely to achieve it.  Be specific.
  2. Don’t overwhelm yourself with big picture stuff. Don’t be afraid to outsource to get things off of your list.  Let go of the things you think you “should be doing”
  3. Give yourself time on your calendar for you.  Create an “isolation bubble”.  

Resources + Books Mentioned:

http://listproducer.com – Paula’s website

Paula’s Books:

Listful Thinking: by Paula Rizzo

Listful Living: A List-Making Journey to a Less Stressed You by Paula Rizzo – comes out September 15, 2019, you can pre-order now

If you are wondering about your personality type and whether you have a preference for “perceiving” or “judging” – check out episode #3 with Rob Toomey!

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