How to build the perfect to-do list
A to-do list looks very easy to build, right? Just writing down all of your tasks and manage yourself do follow the schedule, easy-peasy.
Well, it’s an easy and simple method to keep yourself organized but it can also quickly become a big list of things that never gets done if you don’t pay attention. But don’t worry, we have a few tips to help you build the perfect list.
Know your limits
That’s extremely important. If you know that you can handle, for example, 4 tasks per day, then you shouldn’t write down 20. Over-stuffing your list will only increase anxiety, and when you realize you won’t be able to finish everything on time you will get frustrated. So get to know your workflow, observe how many things you can complete in one day and based on that create a list that fits perfectly to your pace.
Deadlines are not so evil
How is the procrastinator’s mantra again? Meh, I’ll do it tomorrow. And tomorrow never comes, does it? That’s because when you don’t have a deadline you don’t have an external factor that forces you to accomplish your task on time. The more time you give yourself to get something done, the more likely it is that you will delay until the last minute. Instead you should try this: set a deadline according to the complexity of each task . 30 minutes to wash the dishes, 1 hour to write a school assignment, 2 weeks to work on a project. That way you can have a better control of your list.
One step at a time
If you have a big project to complete but don’t know how to get it done in a more efficient way, you should try to break it down into smaller tasks. Dividing the project into steps will improve your focus, since you will be working on one thing at a time, and it will make the whole process more approachable.
Isn’t it nice to start the day knowing exactly what you have to do, without spending time thinking of what you should do first? Especially because sometimes we don’t even know where to start! So, to avoid this type of situation, start writing down your to-do list on the night before. Set the most important tasks you have to complete and keep everything organized so on following day you won’t waste any time worrying yourself about planning a list.
Your turn now, do you have any special tips to build the perfect to-do list? Share with us in the comments below!