How to Win Your To-Do List
When I look back on this week so far, I did not hit all of the points I set for myself. And that’s okay because I hit about 80% of them. I used to focus so heavily on what remained and that was an unnecessary source of stress. It would sometimes paralyze me. Now, if I get stuck on what hasn’t been completed on my list, I switch my perspective and look at what I have accomplished. Also, I look at why and how the remaining items ended up on my list to begin with.
Here are some #ProductivityTips that have been working for me to help you win your to-do list.
- Have a master list. I use a modified version of the bullet journal method. I have all my tasks on a long master list. It’s sort of a dumping ground if you will. The things that have specific deadlines I plan for and the other items I take in chunks of about five at a time.
- Limit the number of items on your list. Aim for five, you can always add more once you’ve completed them.
- Be specific with your items. List the specific steps of your tasks that need to be completed instead of the larger goal. Instead of putting publish an article on your list, you may want to list, research, writing, or editing first.
- Tasks that are completed are typically completed quickly. Think within the hour or day tops. The more time you give yourself, the less likely you’ll finish. If you can’t or won’t do it today. Don’t put it on the list.
- Look back, acknowledge and clear your slate. If I haven’t completed all of the items on my list, I no longer give myself a hard time. I look back and acknowledge what I have completed, clear my slate and adjust my list.
Try these tips out and remember most to-do lists are never fully completed.
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