Richard Branson, entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin group of companies,  has revealed the secrets of his success in a ‘to-do’ list that he wrote more than 40 years ago.

Branson has often written about how he loves to write lists: ‘Lists not only provide great structure for getting things done, but they also help us to set goals and achieve our dreams.’

This particular list was written in 1972, when he was 22 years old. The bullet points range from ambitions like learning to fly and finding more shops in which to open new Virgin Record stores.

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  1. Learn to fly
  2. Look after me, you, boat
  3. Entertain everybody with me
  4. Invite nice people back
  5. Start getting the small house together at The Manor
  6. Start buying odds and sods for The Manor
  7. Work with me on projects/sort me out
  8. More shops to be found

Whilst we are not saying that making a ‘to-do’ list will see you achieve the same success as billionaire Richard Branson, a list can certainly help you focus your mind and see where to start to accomplish your goals.

The secret to a successful ‘to-do’ list is to keep simple, as illustrated above in Branson’s list. This will help you to prioritise and move forward in the right direction. Make small lists of daily tasks, ticking off each task as it is completed, but don’t forgot to also make lists of your grand plans and dreams for the future.

As Branson said in his blog:

‘I have always lived my life by making lists. These vary from lists of people to call, lists of ideas, lists of companies to set up, lists of people who can make things happen. I also have lists of topics to blog about, lists of tweets to send, and lists of upcoming plans.’

BC Training can help you to prioritise you ideas. Call us today to find out how we can help you.