Don’t let the title bore you before you event start reading…This post is about how To-Do lists are helpful, quick and useful when made “correctly”. I use the term correctly loosely because what works for me will be the opposite of what will work for others.
I normally take 5 steps to put my first To-Do lists together, and then a few extra for “side lists”.
1- What is the purpose of this list? Work? Goals? School? Master/Bucket List?
2-What is the timing for this list? Daily? A Few Hours? A Month?
3-List items by most important. Since you will think of things as you go, it doesn’t have to be in order, so highlighting, starring, or numbering will work.
4-Spend a few minutes thinking about a timeline,. What task will lead to another? Will it be faster to go to Target instead of a grocery store? (for me it never is, I spend WAY too much time in Target) Could you finish two tasks at once, like clean the floor, and as it dries feed the cat?
5-START! Too many times people make lists and don’t complete them. This is the exact opposite for me. If I make a list, I need to complete it. My OCD kicks in and I keep going until I have it all done.
I don’t like to have multiple lists, so I always leave space between each task. I also like to bullet things, which makes that easier too. For example, last week for work I had a general title “Send Emails”, and each bullet was a different email that I needed to send.
Now that this post is done, I can check it off of my list 😉