Even before I got into planning, I always had to-do lists. Nothing special just a lit of things that needed to be done. It wasn’t the best way to track what needed to be done, so most times it was a fail.
Now that I’ve been neck deep into the planning game for almost a year, I have a system down and I’m going to tell YOU why you need a to-do list
- Helps you stay accountable. You write it down, you have to do it right? Sure you can cross it out, and/or throw it away but who’s it hurting? Only you right? So why do it? Having a to-do list is going to help you get the things done you need to get done
- Helps you achieve your goals! No matter how big or small it helps you achieve them
Thats how a to-do list will help you, now here are my tips, now there is really no wrong way to do a to-do list. Everyone is different and does what works for them, so if this doesn’t work for you, maybe you can tweak it to fit your needs.
Break your to-do lists into categories such as
This will help you categorize it from important to least important and you can act accordingly.
- Put a date on your to-do lists. This will really hold you accountable. If you have a work/school project putting a date is important, and said date is going to make sure you get it done!
- You dont have to finish all of your to-do lists in a set amount if time! yes there doesn’t have to be an end game. Now does this mean just procrastinate? No, it means that you have a plan to finish, and sometimes it doesn’t need to be done right away. But the point of the to-do list is to complete the task. BUT trying to do everything on your list in one day or a week can drive you insane, so spread them out.
Lastly your to-do list is to help you! No one else but you. SO however you do it, make sure its how you do things, that way it doesn’t feel like a chore, and you just say “forget it” all together, that’s the opposite effect. They dont have to be neat, or professional looking its just a master list, AND THEN add to your planner based on your schedule.
These tips have worked wonders for me, and I get a lot more things done now. I hope these tips help, and if you have any add them down below.