As managers who are responsible for customer service, we’ve all got those To-Do lists. There’s always at least one in our Blackberry. And another in our heads, in constant revision mode. Maybe a few more, from long range fitness to Friday’s grocery run. And of course, the list of ways to increase our business, from attracting new customers to pumping up that cash flow. We dutifully cross out each completed item, or try to. Then we add more to-do’s to the ongoing to-do list. That turns it into more of a never-ending story than a list of tasks done. Because there will always be more to do! And honestly, we know too well, that to-do list is never going to be done.
Instead of always running the To-Do marathon, why not change the scenery? Make a wish list for yourself. We associate those with kids writing to Santa, and starry-eyed brides-to-be, or even our own birthdays. Usually a wish list is defensive: we compile a list of gifts we’d enjoy getting to make sure we don’t end up with drugstore perfume in a bottle shaped like Hannah Montana, or eleven crock pots.
But those wish lists are for others. A wish list for ourselves should come from the heart, not the accessories department. Instead of “I wish I had a new pair of Ugg boots,” try “I wish I could polish my public speaking skills.” Rather than wishing for a new tennis racket to improve your serve, you may wish you could emulate a colleague’s organizing ability. Then look for a way to make that wish come true, whether it’s making practice presentations, or asking a co-worker’s help. When you get your wish, you’ll feel energized, confident—and capable of tackling any To-Do list on the planet. Keep adding new wishes to your private list. You’ll find that “wishing” can boost “doing” every time.