The Ta Da List: What it is and why you desperately need one

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I was listening to an awesome podcast (it’s called Happier by Gretchen Rubin) and the team were talking about motivation. More specifically they were talking about how different personality types reacted to things like a to do list. One of their listeners suggested that a ‘Ta Da list’ can be heaps better than your standard To Do list.

What’s a ‘Ta Da list’?

It’s a list of things you’ve done, rather than a list of things you have to do. Imagine keeping a list of everything you actually get done in a day, rather than a list of everything you’re supposed to get done in a day. So, instead of fretting about everything you’re not doing, you’re celebrating everything you are doing. Sorry, To Do list, you’re a bit of a downer.

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The Ta Da list is basically a list that you owe nothing to, and this concept made me fall a bit in love with the idea. You could have a daily or weekly or whatever Ta Da list. But it got me thinking about goals.

I used to be really into goal lists; dreaming up what you want out of life/work/family can be a really great way to focus your energies, but they can also be a bit of a downer. A few months ago I found a goal list I wrote in 2011 and even though I had smashed the majority of them, one was still (deeply) in the realm of fantasy. It bummed me out a bit. House, yup. Two kids, yup. Living by the beach, yup. Working from home as a writer, yup. Size eight, ha ha ha ha ha.

And I know it’s crazy; the fact that I had written that in my top-ten life goals is a bit embarrassing really, but there it was, that little goal that was important to brand-new-mum Babs. It made me feel instantly crap about the number on my jeans label, instead of proud of all I have achieved since becoming a mum.

Free Printable Ta Da List - celebrate your wins every day

The Ta Da list to the rescue

After I got over the fact that my clothing size was still in the double digits, I started thinking about bucket lists and, of course, I instantly felt stressed that I didn’t have one. I couldn’t even think of one thing I wanted to put on one. Should I write even one? If I did, should I put really outrageous things on it to encourage myself to live a crazy life? Or should I just be super-conservative so I would have more of a chance of completion and death-bed satisfaction?

Yup, it escalated really quickly.

So instead of fretting about my bucket list or out-of-control To Do list, I made myself a Ta Da list. For this week, this year and this life.

I know that no matter when I find it and re-read my Ta Da list, I will never owe it anything and it will bring me nothing but snaps for being so productive and awesome. Now, that’s the kind of list we all need in our lives.

Click on the image below to download a copy of the Ta Da list. 

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Free Printable Ta Da List - celebrate your wins every day

Written by Barbara O'Reilly

Barbara O'Reilly, AKA Babs, AKA Patchwork Cactus is a blogger, a writer, a trash TV watcher and an Instagram addicted shutterbug. A journalist by trade, the three week old baby stowed away under her graduation gown steered her away from the world of reporting and right into the blogosphere. Babs, her almost-hubby and their two kids are attempting to live the slow life in a beach side suburb on the east coast of Australia, they have the rickety house, the pet chickens and the barefoot kids but are yet to find the 'slow'. Her blog Patchwork Cactus is where Babs talks about making, baking, parenting and living a happy beachside life. Feel free to stalk her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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