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Richard Branson's 10 step guide to actionable lists

It's that time of the year again - when we make lists of new year resolutions and try to keep them!
Here's Richard Branson with 10 tips to help you stick to your resolutions!


Always carry a notebook.

You need somewhere to write your ideas down, and while using a folder on your phone is better than nothing, a piece of paper is far more memorable.

Write down every single idea you have.

No idea is too small, and no idea is too big either.

Make a list of small, manageable tasks to complete every day.

Cut your day up into chunks, and you’ll get lots more done.

Mark off every completed task.

There are few more satisfying things than ticking off a job well done.

Make your goals measurable so you know if your plans are working.

There’s no point setting targets if you don’t know if you are hitting them.

Include personal goals in your lists, not just business.

There’s no real separation between work and life, it’s all just living. The same goes for lists.

Set far off, outlandish goals.

Resolutions shouldn’t just have short-term endpoints. What do you want to have achieved in five years’ time? How about 50 years?

Find a list method that works for you.

Doodles, bullet-points, charts what suits you best? I I find a combination of short phrases and scribbled pictures works best for me.

Share your goals with others.

You can help motivate each other further and hold each other to account. But remember that, in the end, you are doing this for yourself.

Celebrate your successes then make new lists of new goals.

The cycle should continue as you make more and more progress. I have boxes and boxes of old notes, filled with old lists, and I’m busy making more.