This is such a simple trick, but it will take your never ending TO DO list from impossible to on track – which can only be a good thing!. Want to know more? – let’s get started shall we!
I love to get things done, and know that I am organised as much as possible at any given time (life happens of course!).
My TO DO list is my way of taking the plethora of ‘stuff” I have swimming around my head at any given moment, and get it under control.
More calm, less stress – perfect!
But what happens to all those things on the TO DO list?
It’s very easy to write everything down, but not so easy to actually get it done.
I have talked before about taking as much off your TO DO list as possible and scheduling it into your diary. This works really well for items that have a definite date or deadline – such as: –
- Buying a present for an event
- Sorting an outfit for a night out
- Arranging a babysitter
- Putting together a meal plan for next month
Everything on this list has a time that it should be done by, and so it would be pretty easy to take them immediately and put them in your diary.
It doesn’t make any sense for them to be written on your TO DO list first really – as you know when they will need to be done by.
TIP – Give yourself enough time to get it done before the event itself – don’t schedule it last minute. Better to be ahead of the game wherever possible
But what happens to all the other things on your TO DO list that really don’t have any time restrictions?
The rest of your TO DO’s can easily have a tendency to sit on your list forever, as there are always more important things to do…..
I want to look at a simple way today that will stop this happening, for good. As long as you are willing to create a new habit in your week!
The method is simple: –
STEP ONE –
When you add anything to your TO DO list, add a TO BE DONE BY date next to it (realistic for your time commitments but not too far away – a week or two usually works well).
STEP TWO –
When you have time in your day (or you could even schedule in a little each week/month), work through your TO DO list in date order.
STEP THREE –
Tick them/cross them off your list as you get through them
What are the benefits?
Scheduling in a block of time each week/fortnight/month – whatever you can do – will enable you to start to see the benefits pretty immediately: –
- You are basically giving your TO DOs your own deadline – so they end up having more urgency to them.
- You can see what needs to be done first, which will also stop you from leaving something on there for ever…
- You will immediately feel more productive and in control
- Your TO DO list shouldn’t grow too long – so you will stop being overwhelmed
- You will never be far behind in what needs to be done, if you stick to it!
I don’t know about you, but if I knew that when I wrote on my TO DO list that that item was going to get done in the near future, I’d rest a little more easy in that knowledge.
As with anything, if it’s scheduled it’s so much more likely to get done, so become the boss of your TO DO list and get scheduling today…
And of course, let me know how you go!
…psst! – want even more help with your TO DO list? – why not CLICK HERE to get plenty more ideas to help gain control over it once and for all.