Making Ta Da Lists Instead of To Do Lists Provides Encouragement When Performing Tasks
By: Scott McEachern, legal practitioner coach
A To Do list implies various outstanding tasks remaining and such can be subconsciously deflating whereas a Ta Da list implies awaiting achievements and such can be subconsciously inspiring. Accordingly, just by changing the context of your tasks, the very perception of your workload can take on a completely different feel.
Additionally, be sure to include interim rewards within your Ta Da list. For example, Item #4 on your Ta Da list can be "Take a 10 Minute Break" or "Get a Coffee Refill". It is common that people will include a reward for reaching the end of the list; however, interruptions throughout the day, among other things, can often result in intrusions that result in failure to complete the list; however, as Meatloaf said, "two-outta-three-ain't-bad", so be sure to include little rewards along the way.
Just by changing context by using a Ta Da list, rather than a To Do list, and including interim rewards, your daily tasks can feel much more fulfilling.