9 To-Do Lists That Will Help Jumpstart Your Life in 2016

Katie Sweeney

I’ve always been a list maker. I can’t remember not making them. When I was little, I would make lists of the things I wanted to do when I was an adult. When I was in college, I made wish lists of clothes I dreamed of buying and places I hoped to one day visit. Now I make lists with story ideas, new bars to check out, books to read, and gifts to give. If you’re a list maker like I am, Inc. is reminding us that now is a good time to do some reflecting. They have come up with a list of 16 lists to make now to jumpstart your career in the new year. Jotting down a few items will encourage you to start 2016 on the right foot, so what are you waiting for? Start making the following lists.

  1. Companies you want to work for. If finding a new job is one of your resolutions, start by making a list of the companies that you would love to work for. Think big and make a master document with the company name, any contacts you may know there, and links to their job pages.
  2. Random innovative ideas off the top of your head. Start your morning by writing down 10 random ideas you have. Think the wall above your bed would be great painted bright blue? Have an idea for a new way of reaching potential clients? Write down any ideas you can come up with. You’ll train yourself to be an idea generator and you can use these ideas to your benefit.
  3. People you should know to get ahead. Think about the people who work for your dream companies or have your ideal occupation. Write them down on a master list. Don’t be afraid to be put hard to reach people. You never know what will happen.
  4. What you want to happen in 2016. Don’t write down broad resolutions, but instead things you actually hope to achieve. If you want to get in shape, have the goal be "fit into my favorite summer dress and wear it out when I’m on vacation in Bali."
  5. What you want to leave in 2015. Make a list of the bad habits you want to give up. The work responsibilities you’d rather not handle. The people you’d like to stop talking to. Let these things go. 
  6. A career bucket list. This is a no-dream-is-too-big list where you write down everything that you would achieve in an ideal world. Want to publish a cookbook? Start your own clothing line? Have a successful wedding photography business? Put these ideas on the list.
  7. Your biggest accomplishments. Think about the 10 best things you did in 2015, write down these things, and be proud of yourself. When you’re feeling like nothing is going right, pull out this list and read it.
  8. What you’re grateful for. It may seem cheesy, but focusing on the little things you are thankful for–a roof over your head, running water, etc.—is good for the mind, body, and soul.
  9. Things you want to try. Dying to take a Bollywood dance class? Interested in learning how to make cheese? Make a list of all the things you would love to try at some point in your life. The next time you are bored, do one of them.

To delve further into the world of making lists, get a list journal like My Listography.

Are you a list maker? 

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