2 Secrets for Making a To-do List You’ll Get Done
Well, there’s a difference between a typical to-do list and a to-do list that will actually help you get things done.
So what’s the big secret? Make it specific and make it fit. Here’s how:
Make it specific
Writing a good to-do list is dependent on the tasks themselves. If they’re not specific, you’ll probably avoid the work.
Try these tips for creating specific tasks:
- Include specific detailed instructions for each task on your list.
- Avoid single words like “budget” on your list. That’s a large, seemingly unapproachable word that looks difficult to accomplish.
- Create clear tasks that begin with a verb such as “List monthly expenses,” or “Research household budget spreadsheets.”
- Turn larger tasks into smaller, specific steps like the two examples above.
Make it fit
This is the other crucial part of your daily to-do list. Stop making giant “laundry lists” of tasks that you frankly have no intention of doing.
Make sure you to-do list fits into your day by following these steps:
- Plan conservatively. Leave room for unexpected events that “pop-up.”
- Refer to your schedule frequently as your available time periods probably vary.
- Limit yourself to 3-5 priority tasks every day.
- Estimate and assign task times for each task, round off to the nearest 15 minutes.
- Decide what times of day each task is most likely to be accomplished.
- Consolidate. Group similar tasks together such as getting gas for your car and buying groceries.
- And if you find yourself with extra time – that’s a good problem! Grab a new task off your Master List or your Someday List.
It feels good to reach the end of your day holding a completely crossed-off, checked-off, worn out to-do list. Follow these simple steps and set yourself up for success every day with a to-do list that provides a descriptive, realistic plan. And don’t forget to reward yourself for a job well done!
What helps you accomplish more during your day?