Most of us talk a lot about our “to do” lists, but not much about our “done” lists.
I find that a “done” list is a great baseline for creating a better “to do” list for next year. What do I wish I had done? What do I wish I had done more of? What do I wish I’d done differently?
Here’s my 2010 “done” list:
- Wrote a successful grant for the Clarion West Writers Workshop.
- Wrote my first ebook, Take Control of iPhone Basics, published as part of the Take Control ebooks series in October, and launched the blog iPhone 4 Tips.
- Appeared on two radio shows (MacVoices and Tech Night Owl) to promote the ebook.
- Rejoined the Northwest Folklife board, filling the unexpired term of the late Warren Argo, and took United Way’s training for board members.
- Wrote a website for a state government agency using “Plain Talk” standards.
- Wrote six humor columns for a membership publication.
- Wrote more than 100 blog posts, op-ed pieces, brochures, profiles and case studies for clients.
- Took fiction writing workshops taught by Ellen Klages and Mary Robinette Kowal, and submitted two stories to magazines.
- Worked as a volunteer at the Fremont Solstice Parade and conducted training for Northwest Folklife greeter/fundraisers.
Nearly every “done” on the list had a significant obstacle — from mastering new technology to dealing with difficult people — I had to overcome. In every case, the earlier and more thoughtfully I tackled the obstacle, the better the result.
A big thank you to the people who offered me the challenges, the people who mentored me through them, and the people who were there to celebrate with me when I finally crossed the finish lines.