Making a Done-List shows you that you have indeed done many things to be proud of.
This is my first blog post, and I am very excited to share it with you.
Today I'm going to tell you why you should make a Fuck Yes I've Done That List.
I wrote my own FYIDTL list when I first decided I was going to quit my full-time job back in February 2019. I still pull it out every month or so when I feel Imposter Syndrome creep up with my art career, and it helps to calm my nerves and allow me to realize "oh fuck yeah, I've done that". Go me.
Most people forget what they've done
It's so easy to get complacent or forgetful about where we are and to get inside our own heads that we aren't making any progress. It seems all to easy not to appreciate the things that we've done or have gone through.
We live in a time where everyone is so worried about what is going to happen tonight, tomorrow, this week, etc - that when we do get things done, we barely acknowledge it.
Celebrate the small and big wins
For go-getters, type As, couch potatoes, humble servants, people pleasers, or whatever else you refer to yourself as - it's important to reflect on where you've come from and what you've done. To look at all the things you did to become the person you are now. Otherwise, what's the point?
That's why I want to encourage you to create your own list of all the things you've accomplished, learned, and got through.
Now, a note of great importance.
When you're making this list, by no means is it meant to be a pity party. There will be no 'I haven't done much at all' or 'that's not really an accomplishment' or "I'm not nearly as accomplished as so-and-so". None of that!
Throw judgement out the window and be grateful for the progress you've made and what you've accomplished. And have fun! This is for you, not anyone else.
To-do lists are great, but Done-Lists deserve attention too.
The nice thing about this list is, let me repeat one more time, it's entirely for YOU. Of course, you can share, you can brag, you can talk about it to whomever you wish.
Ultimately though, this is to remind YOU of all the things you've accomplished, the things YOU have seen, shit YOU have had to get through. It is uniquely YOU, and you should be proud of yourself. You've done all of those things!
It doesn't (and shouldn't) be all rainbows and sunshines - overcoming a hard break-up, being fired from a job, losing a loved one... those are examples of the hard lessons we all go through and learn about in this life. And you better bet your sweet ass that they count as accomplishments.
Learn to appreciate what you've done and where you've come from.
By doing this, it really puts things into perspective. For myself, I am very skilled at telling myself what I haven't done yet - laundry, education, volunteering, saving money, eating healthy; the list goes on. However, making a Done-List shows you that you're wrong; for you have indeed done many things and should be proud.
For example, here are a few things that I've done in my life that I am really happy about:
- Moved abroad to Europe on my own (without a job, place to live, or point of contact - probably should have thought that through)
- Got my business degree
- Learned how to solve a Rubik's cube
- Am teaching myself German
- Can boil an egg perfectly without needing to time it
- Have actually had enough toonies to make a toonie roll and take it to the bank (this is a dream 5 year old me has always had)
- I quit my full-time job to start my own art business and do something I love every single day.
These are just a few from my own list though, and I try to add to it each month.
And so, with that said, I encourage you to grab a drink of choice, sit your butt down, and write out a Fuck Yes I've Done that List.
When you think you're done, write 5 more things down. Small things count too.
Sign it, date it, and make sure you can see it every so often, to remind yourself of what you've done, been through, accomplished, and achieved.
Are you are a parent? Do you own your own home? Paid off all debt? Did you get out of a toxic relationship? Owned up to something you fucked up on? Been in love? Write it down.
Met your budget this month? Read a book? Did something creative? Worked on self-care? Tried something new? Write it down!
Because fuck yes, you've done that 🤟
What are some things that have made it to your FYIDTL?
Share below in the comments!