From Done list to Do list: Here’s why

The progression goes from Do to Doing to Done: planning to action to accomplishment. So the question is, why did I start with the Done list?

Well, even though individual items move from Do to Doing to Done, the way I create my Do list is based on the past. As I said before, the Done list hints at what I enjoy, even what I’m good at. Once I know that or at least have a pattern to follow, I have a better idea what I’d like to do.

That’s why I created my Done list first. History isn’t always reliable, but it’s still the best predictor of the future.

If you started a Done list, take a look at it now.

  1. What’s on it? I mean, what types of items? Lots of travel? Lots of hobbies? What?
  2. What do you really, really like that’s on it? What are some of the most important items on your list?
  3. What would you like to be on your list? Maybe you have a lot of one type of thing on your list and feel like you’re missing out in another area. What’s missing?

Use your Done list to start thinking about what you’d like to do from here.