If you find that you’re not finishing up all the things in a day that you really want to, you might find that a to-do list is just the thing to kick your butt into gear.
To-do lists are great for productivity, and people have been using them for centuries (possibly longer) in order to make sure they’re finishing all their work in a timely manner.
But if you’ve never personally kept up with a to-do list, you might find yourself constantly slipping away from using it and falling over and over again into old (bad) habits.
Fortunately, we’ve got you covered.
Your friends here at Zippia have put together a guide to help you figure out the best way to create and maintain a to-do list to help keep you on task for the rest of your natural life and, heck, maybe even beyond. Who knows.
To-do lists seem simple enough to put together — you think of all the stuff you want to do, and then you write it down.
By the same token, it seems simple to complete a to-do list — you just look at what you’ve got written down and, focusing on one thing at a time, you do those things.
So why is it that the vast majority of people can’t seem to finish their to-do lists?
For one thing, we’re not working on them in the correct way.
We’re focusing on them in the wrong order, not taking enough time to familiarize ourselves with the medium we’re keeping our to-do lists on, or (worst of all) we’re just forgetting the check the list often enough to actually have any hope of finishing them.
All of these things are bad and get in the way of finishing a to-do list, but they can be worked on.
But that’s a process that starts when you make the list itself.
Making a to-do list is not as simple as described above.
If all that you do is write down everything you know you need to do without giving a thought to how you’re actually going to be using the list, you’re giving yourself a major handicap straight out of the gate. You might even be dooming yourself to fail entirely.
Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can put together your to-do list that can help you in the long run when it comes to actually completing the said list.
Here are some big things you should keep in mind when first starting your to-do list:
Of course, even the most beautifully constructed to-do list is meaningless if you don’t work to put in place the habits necessary to actually complete it.
As with developing any habit, using a to-do list in the long term requires you to be consistent with it in the short term.
That means that every single day, you need to take a moment to construct or check up on your to-do list, and you need to have some sort of process in place in for checking items off of it or otherwise marking your progress — otherwise, what’s the point?
Here are some of the things you should keep in mind when it comes to continuously and consistently using your to-do list:
That’s all for this one! Just keep in mind:
It’s tough to keep up with your to-do list if you have too many productivity apps that you’re trying to juggle, particularly if all of those apps happen to just be different to-do lists.
It’s important to remember that bigger isn’t better when it comes to to-do lists. The more of them that you have, the more overwhelming they can feel, and the less likely you’ll be to actually keep up with them and finish items off of them.
So while it’s okay to try out a lot of different productivity apps to see which ones are the most appealing to you, in the end, you want to stick to just one of them.
Learn how it works inside and out, and you’ll find yourself keeping up with it without even thinking about it.
Best of luck! Here are some other links to help you on your way: