Why you need a to-do list

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

  1. 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
  2. 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

  • School
  • Work
  • Home
  • Personal

This will help you categorize it from important to least important and you can act accordingly.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.


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