Wednesday, October 29, 2008

4 Quick Tips to Make Your To-Do Lists Work for You

We create to-do lists (on paper and electronically) for a number of reasons. Here are some of mine:

  • I have to write it down or I'll forget.

  • If I write it down, I'll do it.

  • If I write it down, I get to cross it off when it's done!
Writing a task on your to-do list doesn't automatically make it happen, but here are 4 simple tips that can help make your list work harder for you.
  1. Be specific. Be clear on what you want to accomplish and how.

  2. Set a deadline. When do you want to accomplish your task by?

  3. Be realistic. Don't pile on so much that you start to feel overwhelmed.
  4. Break it down. Take large projects and break them down into smaller tasks.

What are 3 things on your to-do list? Here's my business list:

  1. Finalize November newsletter article by 10/30.
  2. Send out November newsletter by 1pm, 10/30.
  3. Spend 20 minutes reading/learning/exploring Twitter.

Here's my mom list:

  1. Order photo prints via winkflash by November 15.
  2. Make treat for Halloween party on Friday.
  3. Plan the menu for upcoming gathering.

P.S. I was inspired to do this post by Journey 2 Learn. Thanks!

4 comments:

Doré said...

I love making lists!! I'd love them even more if I got everything marked off!! :-D

Connie said...

I think part of my problem is not having a deadline and a goal. Thanks for the tips. I'll be sure to use them because I can't handle this stress anymore.

Jenny J said...

Good tips, Paula! I am a list person, especially when it comes to my errand days (which goes with your article about making the most of your time). I put everything I want to do in that day on a list, categorized either by the part of town it's in or by the place (i.e. I'll put all of the stores at the mall I want to go to or in a shopping complex). At work, though, I am a post-it-note person. Does that qualify as a list?? :)

Paula Constable said...

Jenny J,
Good question! Post-Its can definitely act as lists. But, you have to be careful not to have so many that they all blend together. The most important point is if they work for you.

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