Just recently swamped and overwhelmed with things to do, I realized I needed to go back to basics and help others around me do the same. Let me share with you a few guidelines I used to gather my thoughts, prioritize, and feel much more comfortable moving ahead
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE AN EFFICIENT AND SIMPLE TO DO LIST:
- Set aside 10 to 15 minutes before going to bed or as soon as waking up in the morning to jot down a to-do list for the day.
- Use any format that is comfortable for you; if you are not sure, try writing in your daily planner. Make sure your list is on one page and can be carried with you wherever you go.
- Try assigning tasks to hourly slots, even if exact timing isn’t crucial.
- Fill in preset, mandatory appointments such as business meetings or child-pickup times.
- Prioritize tasks in order of urgency, and write those down before less important ones.
- Figure out when, during the day, you are most productive and alert. Schedule the more demanding tasks during these times.
- Schedule an easy job after a difficult one or a long task after a short one to keep yourself stimulated.
- Indicate time for breaks and time to spend with family and friends.
- In addition to your daily schedule, keep an ongoing list of projects that you need to accomplish, but haven’t penciled into your daily list ‘ things to fix around the house, bills to mail, people to call. Update this list at least once a week.
- Try keeping a list of long-term goals. For example, you might be planning to remodel your home or return to school for an advanced degree.
- Make a running list for leisure or entertainment goals – books to read, videos to rent, restaurants/bars/clubs to try. Write down names as you hear or read about them.