Every night before bed I’m going to Ta Da! myself.
That is to say, I’m going to make a quick Ta Da! list every night before I start chasing zees. I mentioned this to a couple friends and they really liked it so I figured I’d share bigger.
So, what is a Ta Da! list? It’s a quick, bulleted list of all the thing you accomplished that day, big or small. It’s like list a To Do list in reverse and it works to a different advantage.
To start, grab a notebook and a pen or open a word doc and just start listing anything you accomplished that day. Nothing is too small, nothing is too silly. The object is simply a feeling of accomplishment.
It can be little things like:
- I ate an apple
- I took the stairs instead of the elevator
- I responded to 3 e-mails.
Or bigger things like:
- I ran a 1/2 mile more today that my average
- I made the last payment on my credit card. I am debt free!
- I got that promotion
Even things that just make you feel good, but are not quite accomplishments should go on this list:
- I ate sushi twice today
- John smiled at me
- My boobs look great!
Do this until you run out of steam. I guarantee you will surprise yourself with how much you jot down. I usually end up with around 30 things and am continually astounded that it’s anything more than 5. The more you write, the more you remember.
When you’re done you will feel really good about yourself and the day you just had. The kicker is that it doesn’t matter if everything on your list is small or trivial. The point is the feeling of accomplishment this exercise gives you. If you go to bed with a feeling of accomplishment, no matter what the reason, you will be better off than if you went to bed feeling poorly or even indifferent about the day you just had.
Like attracts like and the more you bring about a feeling of accomplishment, the more accomplishment you will attract. Besides that, it’s very difficult to get good at something you don’t practice. Feelings like accomplishment, self-worth, love, and joy are no different.
I’ve been doing Ta Da! lists pretty sporadically so far. Starting today I’m going to do one everyday for the next 30 days. I find 30-day trails to be very helpful. Much more and it feels like too much of a daunting commitment. Much less and it’s hard to gauge if I’m getting the full benefit. At the end of the 30 days I can reevaluate and see if I want to continue.
Try it on. See if it fits.