What is a Power Living Life List (PLLL)?
by Bryan Beckstead
Do you mean, besides being the most important tool in your arsenal to gaining back control of your time and increasing your productivity what else is the Power Living Life List (PLLL)? It's a number of things:
· Look at it as a To Do List, for the rest of your life, starting from today.
· It's also a wish list, a wish list of all the things you want to do, for the rest of your life.
· If you won a million dollars, what would you do with the money? That goes on your PLLL as well.
· If you had no obligations, had no job and could do anything you wanted to do, no restrictions, put than down too.
· You always wanted to take some extra courses to get your University degree, put that in your PLLL.
· You want to ad an addition onto your house. Set up a section in your PLLL where you can save clippings from magazines of design ideas.
· You want to take your spouse on a cruise for your 25th wedding anniversary. Jot that down with a question mark beside it, where is the money going to come from?
· You have 3 children, what about their education funds?
· You want to make a career change but have no idea to what. Start putting down some ideas.
· You really, really want to take up skydiving. Start a dialogue with yourself about the pro's and con's.
There is a movie out now, called The Bucket List, in the movie the two main characters are talking and one says to the other, "What's a Bucket List?" Both of them (both are terminally ill, will be dead in about 6 months) chime, "things we want to do before we kick the bucket!" Your PLLL is something like a Bucket List.
First And Foremost, Make It YOUR PLLL
For this to work for you, for you to benefit from this and for you to reap the maximum amount of advantage from this exercise, you have to make this PLLL something personal and valuable to you. The more personal you make it, the more times you input into it, the more times you refer to it, the more benefits you will derive from it. There is a direct ratio between the volume of material that goes into to your PLLL and the benefits that you will derive out of it. Remember, I never said the ratio would be equal; I just said it would be direct.
What is the ratio then, between volumes in and benefits out? That is very difficult to quantify; it is different for everyone. I can easily say that 10, 20 even 30-fold returns in benefits out is realistic and average. "P-Ellers", a name we call people in our group that are active PLLL imputers and users, are very gung-ho on their results and the benefits they derive from this part of the System. The enticing part of all of this is that all you are investing is some of your time. Starting, inputting and using your PLLL. All that is needed is a binder, some loose leaf paper and a pen. For those more adventurous, you can get any simple software program that has a calendar that allows you to add notes or messages and you are in business.
Imagine you are told to find a destination you have never been to. You have to find it in a dense fog, are blind folded and told to start looking for it. How do you find a destination you have never been to before? If you stumble upon it, blind folded in a dense fog, how would you know you have found it? A PLLL helps you quantify what you want out of life, makes it clear to you whether or not you have the time to do it and then helps you find a way to make your wish list an accomplished list.
From a personal point of view, until I started to use and create my own PLLL, I simply was not as effective as I though I was. There was a "before using a PLLL" and there was a definite "after". The difference was noticeable and immediate. The number one cause of stress is uncertainty. The uncertainty of not knowing from day to day what you will be doing and when you will be doing it. The stress of worrying about the unknown really eats away at people. I referred to a missing link in this section, the missing link was a method of keeping track of all of the things we wanted to do and then start the process of finding out what can be done and what could not be done. This is what your PLLL will do for you.
Copyright (c) 2009 Bryan Beckstead
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Bryan Beckstead is the creator and developer of the Power Time System and the Power Productivity Maximizer and has been involved in the Self Improvement industry for almost 35 years. Visit him at http://www.powertimesystem.com .