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When I first saw this book’s title, Listful Living, I immediately thought “a book about making lists. I’m in!” I was captivated. After all, who couldn’t be better organized? More efficient? As a new entrepreneur, I value efficient use of time, and completion of tasks in a timely manner. I also recognize that as I approach the 6-month mark as an entrepreneur, my responsibilities have only grown, but my 24-hour day has remained the same: Still 24 hours!
Little did I know that Listful Living was much more comprehensive than that. If you think that you will be making “to-do lists,” please note that this is not what Listful Living is about. This book is about taking a realistic look at your life, evaluating it by being able to set your priorities, from top to bottom, and envisioning where you want to be a year from now. This book is about action.
In fact, Listful Living has pages and pages of “homework” to help you visualize what’s already in your mind. Putting it on paper is a kind of agreement with yourself, and it really helps to pinpoint where you are, where you want to be, and the way to get there. It sounds like work, but it will only save you time, energy, and will allow you to make your priorities a reality.
As I read, I felt strongly connected to the author’s experiences, Paula Rizzo, as she described having visualized a better future for herself, realizing this future, and then having to step back to make room for her life and her priorities. Sometimes, it takes a door closing to realize that the window was opened all along. In Paula Rizzo’s case, it was a real health scare that landed her in bed for weeks. In my case, it was the professional realization that if I stayed where I was, things would never change. I had to produce the change myself. I had to BE that change.
Listful Living is the perfect gift for yourself, for busy moms and dads, for working parents, entrepreneurs, or simply anyone who wishes to improve their lives by being realistic, simplistic, and looking to a better, more fulfilling future.
Here’s to a more fulfilling, rewarding 2020!