When it comes to organization and productivity, lists and specifically to-do lists, are the tools you need. I’m a huge list person and makes me feel so accomplished when I can cross something off. Is there even a purpose to make a list? Of course there is!
Why Make A List
People remember uncompleted or interrupted tasks better than completed one. It’s a useful mechanism but some people think it can also sabotage our productivity. Having a clear mind can go a long way towards being able to concentrate on a single tasks. There are actual three lists to help you make a more confident and be more productive.
The purpose of starting a productive weekly list is to help those super big items out of your unconscious and onto paper. When it comes to making a productive list, it only takes a few minutes to map them out. It doesn’t have to be things that you can strike off your list. For example, you can have items such as ‘Laundry- start three loads’ on your weekly priority list to help you. To help you even further, split these up into small daily tasks so you don’t become overwhelmed.
Keep the weekly priority list short and simple—three to five items should do. Remember to stick to over-arching goals and guidelines for the week, not tasks to complete. Scan this list every morning and use it to inform your daily to-do list. This also a great way to brain dump everything and sort it out later.
Divide Your List By Priority
Think of your list in terms of three things; high priority, middle and low. What are items on your list that need to get done that week or specifically that day? There is a limit to how much you can do in 24 hours so you want to make sure that you’re able to get it done in a timely fashion depending on your deadline. This will keep you on tasks on doing what needs to get done first.
The Done List
Some people may think that just crossing your item off the list means your done while others actually love writing gout what they accomplished that day. What’s the purpose of it? It helps to manage your stress levels. Having too many things to do and not enough time are super stressful ( hello parenthood ) so it helps t know how much you can manage. It also helps to know what needs to get done tomorrow or stay off your list for the future.