Ever had a running to-do list that seemed to go on forever and ever and you keep adding more to it? Well I have. I don’t recommend that you practice doing that though. What that does, most times, is to trigger your anxiety and leave you in a state of feeling overwhelmed. When you are feeling overwhelmed it’s pretty hard to want to be productive and knock of the tasks on your to-do list. So, how can you change that? Today I will be sharing with you some practical tips on how you can organize and execute your to-do list like a pro.
Here are 4 easy steps you can take to organize your to-do list and boost productivity.
1. Have an idea of what you’d like to accomplish.
First things first, you need to have an idea of what you want to get accomplished. You can start with the month, then move on to the week, and then to the day. Once you have these varying lists it helps you to see the big picture of where you’d like to be in a day, week’s, or month’s time. Use this visualization of the near future as a motivator to get started on crushing your to-do list.
2. Categorize the tasks on your to-do list.
The next thing is to categorize your tasks for the day. For instance, if you go to school, have a job, have other roles, like in a club or society, have a business or personal brand etc, you would have a category for all of those listed. You’d then place your daily tasks that are associated with each category underneath the respective headings. So far so good right?
But all things should be done decently and in order. (1 Corinthians 14:40 ESV
3. Prioritize your tasks.
After you’ve categorized your tasks on to-do list, you then prioritize them in order of importance or urgency. That way if you don’t get through the entire list, at least you would have knocked off the most important things.
4. Eat that frog on your to-do list.
This last tip is just if you want to take it a bit further (up to you) and that is to eat that frog. This phrase was coined by Brian Tracey and it simply means to-do the one task that you’ve been putting off forever. You’re to choose that one task from your to do list (assuming you’ve put it on there) and just do it in its entirety. Trust, you’ll feel so relieved and accomplished once you’re done.
Apart from writing your list, categorizing and prioritizing it, you can take it one step further and assign a set amount of time to get the task accomplished. This is known as time blocking. I’ve spoken about this many times before because using my time wisely is something dear to my heart. Try it out and see how it works.
Remember that it takes practice in becoming good or even excellent at anything. So don’t get frustrated if you don’t get these tips down on the first try. Practice makes for the better.
Happy organizing lovelies!
Until next time,
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