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Scratch and Smile: The Happiness Behind the Checklist

By: Katherine Lugo

Do you ever think of all the things you need to do and suddenly feel the need to scream because you know there’s something you are missing?

I do. And I’m sure I’m not alone.

As a college student, I often found myself drowning in a pool of assignments, study guides, research papers and not to mention, house chores and work.

So, the solution?

An old-fashioned checklist.

If you are wondering how a checklist will fix all your troubles, the ugly truth is that it won’t. But it will provide you with a different kind of happiness.

Having a checklist keeps you organized, improves your memory, makes you feel like you have less work and keeps you motivated by serving as a physical reminder of all you have accomplished!

There are many ways of doing a checklist.

If you are a tech-savvy at heart, you might be leaning more towards some sort of app on your phone/ computer/ tablet or even a spreadsheet in Google Drive. But if you are like me, you might want to get an agenda, some markers/ highlighters and stickers before you start writing.

Although I will admit that I love making checklists every day because it pushes me to be more organized, it might not be as fun to everyone as it is for me.

My recommendation? Just try it. Think of the list as an uphill battle of things to do and every task that gets scratched off as a footprint left behind in the snow. A physical, graspable reminder of how far you have come. As you start scratching of task after task, you will look back over your shoulder, beginning to notice all of the ground that you’ve already covered.  With a newfound sense of confidence, suddenly things will not seem as stressful as you originally thought as you continue to climb onward toward your goals. As you gaze at the gorgeous view from the top, you will see all of the footprints that led you there, leaving you with a sense of pride and satisfaction.

Hence, the happiness behind the checklist.

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