Let’s face it: Life can be stressful at times. Odds are good that you currently have a running to-do list on your computer, your phone or a piece of paper somewhere on your desk. But, we’ve all fallen victim to procrastination before, putting off today what we think we can tackle tomorrow. Breaking old habits and keeping up with a to-do list can be hard, especially if you have some big projects on your list.
Luckily, we’ve got some tips to help you feel more organized and accomplished with your to-do list.
Keep It Simple
Many to-do lists get bogged down by long-term goals, which can make your personal to-do list seem much longer and harder to accomplish. Your to-do list should only reflect what you need to get done within the next two weeks.
Even further, you can break larger goals into manageable daily tasks, building up to the final product before the deadline.
Cross off Your Accomplishments
Once you’ve completed an item, check it off the list! It will make you feel so much more accomplished and excited to tackle the rest of the list.
Go through your list at the end of each work day. Check off all your accomplishments, and prioritize for the day ahead. You’ll feel more organized this way.
Pro tip: Many to-do list tacklers would agree that you should start by “eating that frog,” a term coined by author and training and development expert, Brian Tracy. To “eat that frog” means to start your day, or your to-do list, by accomplishing the most important but least desirable task you have on your list. This practice makes the other items easier to do by comparison and will keep you from procrastinating on that big, bad project that’s been plaguing you.
Make it Fun
Simple upgrades to your to-do list, like downloading a fun app or a special notebook, can help keep you motivated. You might even consider bullet journaling if you like to see things laid out more visually. If your list isn’t a tangled, boring mess, you won’t dread the time you have to spend on it.
Above all else, make sure you have a system that works for you. You know your work style best, so pick a to-do list system that makes sense to you.
Now, get out there, and start tackling your future accomplishments!