Boost Your Energy with Gratitude and Accomplishment Lists

Posted on October 30, 2013, under Time and Energy, Time Transformation.

Accomplishment ListsYou boost your energy and transform your time when you focus on the positives in your life.  You’ll be amazed at the impact it has, not only on your perspective but also on your energy, efficiency, effectiveness, and your day-to-day productivity.

So, how do you go about accomplishing  this?

Well, for one thing, the power of gratitude is something to explore and incorporate into your daily practice, if you haven’t already.  Gratitude, as I’ve shared in my post titled Find Time to Renew Yourself With the Attitude of Gratitude is:


“… one of the most powerful and transformative time choices that you can make for yourself.

‘I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.’ G.K. Chesterton

“Why is gratitude such a powerful mindset?  One of the qualities of gratitude that first springs to mind for me is how it opens us.”


The opposite of constriction, gratitude powerfully opens our hearts and expands our vision. When you feel gratitude you immediately boost your energy and widen your sense of what is possible. One of the gifts I give myself each day, in the morning and the evening, is to sit quietly and write down 3 things that I feel grateful for.  It changes everything!

Accomplishment lists are another excellent way to boost your energy.  Rather than simply checking off items on your To-Do List, an Accomplishment List is an opportunity to really celebrate what you have done in your day.

I like to create an accomplishment list at the end of each day. It’s interesting how often this list comes as a bit of a surprise to me.  I usually get more done than I had realized, and this can be a huge energy (and confidence) boost, especially at the end of a long day.

Here’s one of our weekly Finding Time Tips that enlarges and expands on this idea:


Tip:

Give yourself credit. Are you more productive than you think?  Conduct a realistic inventory to energize and focus your efforts.

Action Step:

Chart out a typical week, listing everything you accomplish. Validate what’s productive and build ‘from the ground up’ as your confidence expands and tasks look less daunting.


To start, I’d suggest that you create your Accomplishment Lists as often as you want to, but at least once a week. (And don’t forget that creating your Accomplishment List is, in itself, an accomplishment!)

Pay attention to how your list makes you feel.  My guess is that you’ll enjoy the experience enough to want to do it often.

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There are 10 Responses to “Boost Your Energy with Gratitude and Accomplishment Lists”

#1 Kama - 30 October, 7:01 AM

I always forget to give myself credit or to celebrate. Time to change that. Thank you for that reminder.

#2 Crystal Adair-Benning - 30 October, 7:26 AM

Gratitude is all about attitude… my mother always told me. I don’t often write myself lists but I remind myself to be gracious to others (especially in times when their being ungracious towards me). Kill em with kindness and most of the time it works!

#3 Sophie Bowns - 30 October, 9:02 AM

I could do with writing lists. I do if I need to remember things, but that’s about it!

#4 Barbara Boser - 30 October, 2:43 PM

I loved this post, and the idea to write down your accomplishments at the end of the day. I’m going to have to try this :)

#5 Paula Eder - 30 October, 7:23 PM

Thank you, Kama – and I hope you celebrated your accomplishments large and small today!

#6 Paula Eder - 30 October, 7:24 PM

Hi Crystal – I think graciousness is a wonderful attribute, no matter what. And being gracious to yourself makes it all the more meaningful when you are gracious to others! ;-)

#7 Paula Eder - 30 October, 7:25 PM

Hi Sophie – I’d love to hear how it goes for you if you give it a try!

#8 Paula Eder - 30 October, 7:25 PM

Hi Barbara – I think you’ve accomplished something just by trying this. Well done! ;-)

#9 Andrea - 15 November, 12:44 PM

Gratitude is one of my favourite ways of raising my vibration to a happy place. I too have a daily gratitude habit; I keep a gratitude diary and we also have a household gratitude jar. If you get into the gratitude habit, you veer away from negative thinking that drags you down and it becomes easier to look on the brighter side of life. Great tip to include appreciating yourself too. It’s so easy to forget to do that. In fact we probably achieve much more than we realise every day, and taking a little time to recognise that is well worth it. Interesting and useful post, thank you.

#10 Paula Eder - 16 November, 2:50 PM

Hi Andrea – I love the idea of a household gratitude jar. The visual alone, as the “gratitudes” collect, would be inspiring. Thanks for stopping by and adding your energy and insight to this discussion!

I'd love to hear what you think!

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