How to Make a To-Do List

How to Make a To-Do List

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Try assigning tasks to hourly slots, even if exact timing isn’t crucial.
  4. Fill in preset, mandatory appointments such as business meetings or child-pickup times.
  5. Prioritize tasks in order of urgency, and write those down before less important ones.
  6. Figure out when, during the day, you are most productive and alert. Schedule the more demanding tasks during these times.
  7. Schedule an easy job after a difficult one or a long task after a short one to keep yourself stimulated.
  8. Indicate time for breaks and time to spend with family and friends.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

Good luck!

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