Tired of To-Do Lists? Try The Done List

Stephanie Cansian
2 min readFeb 14, 2022
A stack of notebooks and journals and art books with used pencils and lists. Sometimes keeping the mind clear looks messy.
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It seems like every article about focus and productivity involves lists of some kind:

I love lists. I have at least four of them posted next to my computer monitor: my Project List, lists of action steps for My Two Current Projects, and The Done list.

The Done list is my favorite. When I hit a challenging goal or finish a task I had procrastinated on, it goes on The Done list. So on days when I’m unmotivated or low-vibe, I can look at all the achievements I’ve done so far and see how many I can get to by the end of the week/month/year.

Here are a few examples of items that have gone on The Done List:

  • Unpublished first KDP book (reworking it).
  • Completed a 100 Burpee Session
  • Helped a friend into the six-figure club!
  • I worked on my passion project every day for 31 Days.
  • 25 pounds down!
  • Applied to be a fitness model (yes, really)
  • Five clients!

If you are looking for some internal motivation, why not give The Done List a try?

The next time you finish something or hit a milestone, write it down; it doesn’t matter if it was a Big Thing or a Small Thing. The only metric of importance is that you felt accomplished and proud after completing it.

I’d love to see what you come up with for your Done List!

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Stephanie Cansian

Former employee of Apple, Starbucks, and Amazon, who vowed never to be an employee again. Copywriter, coordinator, and proven catalyst for 10X change.