It is no secret I am a huge fan of lists. I like to-do lists, grocery lists, packing lists, weekly check lists, daily lists, give me all of the lists. I love the feeling of how organized it is to have a list, and it feels so freaking good to mark something as complete. I do think there are pros and cons to doing to do lists so I have a few tips on how to make sure they are efficient and not overwhelming.
Quality over quantity. Thats right, it's better to have three major priorities for the day instead of listing out a gazillion different things. The reality is, unless they are small simple things, at the end of the day, you want to feel accomplished and not like you got nothing done.
Prioritize. Yep, there are a lot of things you can put on a to-do list but you need to be slightly strategic about what you are putting on there. Make sure each list is driven my a theme or specific end goal. If you are anything like me, you need different to do lists for different aspects of your life. For example, I have one for groceries, work, the blog, generic shit I need it get done. So... how does it all work?
Well, like the crazy person I am I have different lists for everything, some I keep on my phone, some I need to write down it really just depends.
For lists that I am thinking of on the fly, like ideas for blog posts, groceries I need, things for my apartment, I just keep on my phone. Since we all have our phones attached to us and mostly have systems that link up to multiple devices (I use notes & reminders through Apple). I literally will just word vomit ideas as they pop into my brain. Later on it is much easier to go back and look at my word vomit and make a plan on what I actually need to do and when.
For Cubicle to CEO Chic, I typically will sit down once a week (normally Sunday's) and will sort through my idea's/to-do's and map them out on a calendar. Hot tip setting a deadline and mapping out your goals will make it so much easier to cross things off that list! Even-though it may start out as a word vomit, it is so much easier to go back and really outline my "deliverables" for myself. Hot tip, remember to keep it simple! You do not want the to-do lists to be overwhelming, stick to simple and achievable tasks.
Make sure when you are doing your lists, that you go back and really outline it the night before it starts. Getting up in the morning or starting the week fresh with a clean list is the best feeling ever. Hot tip, have the first thing on your list be the first thing you are going to complete off of that list. It's a great way to get the ball rolling.
If you are having a hard time making the list not be overwhelming, have different pads for different lists. Even though I may word vomit out my lists, I still always organize them into different sections, weekly for the blog, ideas, errands, groceries & so on. Hot tip, if you are having a hard time limiting the lists, come up with a max number of items allowed on your lists until you can easily accomplish it.
Keep it simple.
Set a deadline.
Have multipele lists.
Write the list the day/night before.
Have the first item on the list be the first one you will finish.
Set a max number of items on the list.
What are some of your favorite productivity hacks?