Every day we’re bombarded with distractions which can get in the way of what’s really important. There always seems to be too many things to do and not enough time to do them. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and forget what really needs to be done. To ensure this doesn’t happen, you must be organised and break your goals down into the tasks required to reach them. Take everything step-by-step, day-by-day.
Enter the daily to-do-list.
A daily to-do-list is essential. It’s simply, a list of important tasks that need to be completed that day. It separates what’s important from what’s not. By cutting out the nonsense you don’t need, it saves you time and energy. A to-do-list is typically kept on a notepad but can also be kept electronically. You update it every day and cross off every task as you accomplish it. It improves your productivity by providing a clear outline of what needs to be done. You can plan and prioritise your tasks appropriately so you don’t forget to do anything.
Think of your list as a set of mini missions which must be completed before the day ends. Your list keeps you motivated by focusing you on the task at hand. Every action has a reason and every day has a purpose.
Three To-Do-List Tips
1) Write your to-do-list the night before
Writing your list on the same day increases the likelihood of you not planning properly and forgetting something. It’s much better to wake up and already know what needs to be done. You should write your list at the end of the previous day, once you’ve had time to reflect. This allows you to think carefully about which tasks need to be completed next.
2) Start working through your list first thing in the morning
Get the work out of the way so you can enjoy the rest of the day. Do the tasks you hate, first. Don’t give yourself any excuses. Just get it done. At the end of the day you’ll be left with a great feeling of accomplishment when you see a list of tasks crossed out.
3) Do one thing at a time
Multi-tasking leads to mistakes and not doing the job properly. Single-tasking is the way forward. If you want something done right, it needs your full effort and attention. Only when one task is completed do you move onto another.
If you’re working on your computer, only open the programs and windows that you’re actually using. Stay off the social media, instant messaging and other waste of time websites.
When you’re working, you’re working. Allot a certain time of day to check and respond to your emails and messages. Don’t make social phone calls or get engaged in pointless conversations until the working day is done. Remember, work comes before play.
Get organised and make the most of your time.
Start keeping a daily to-do-list.