10 Tips to Write a Successful To-Do List
1) Limit it. Find out how many items you can handle in a day. When my kids were in school, I did nine items; but when they were home, I could only do three. Find the number that works for you.
2) Write it. Each day, write down what you need to accomplish. As well as Clear out mental clutter by putting it on paper. Leave a space between each item to sandwich in higher priorities.
3) Verb-alize it. Begin each to-do item with an action verb (e.g., pay bills, call Mary, send a birthday card, put away laundry, outline proposal, etc.). Further, Your mind visualizes you in action as you “verb-alize” it and then write it down.
4) Post it. Keep your to-do list in the same place each day. Whether it’s in your planner, on your kitchen counter or on a sticky note on your computer monitor, keep it anchored in one spot.
5) Refer to it. Refer to your list throughout the day until you are finished. Consider it your personal compass pointing you in the right direction.
6) Adjust it. Plan your morning to-dos the night before. Furthermore, lunch each day, plan your afternoon list.
7) Check it off. As you complete each item, check it off with a red pen, cross it off or delete it from your computer list.
8) Practice it. It takes practice to create a list that works one day at a time. As well as Avoid making this a long-term project list. Keep it short and use it to focus on daily tasks only.
9) Evaluate it. At the end of every day, see what worked and what didn’t. This evaluation will help you avoid overlooking or avoiding a task by planning a better time tomorrow to get it done.
10) Toss it! Once the list is complete, toss it (or save it if you get a sense of accomplishment from seeing all those checkmarks DONE! Enjoy two great results: emotional relief and a clear mind.
You got this!
*Excerpted and condensed from Marcia Ramsland’s book, Simplify Your Time: Stop Running & Start Living!
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