Either Saturday or Sunday, depending on what's going on, I deliberately do not look at all at my book. Which holds my to do lists (plural).
Monday comes. I am working on cutting back how much time I spend, but about 15 to 30 minutes goes into reviewing the previous week, making sure undone to do's are carried over, and then parceling them out throughout the week, positioning them relative to the appointments or obligations there are each day.
I leave 5 for each day, but am happy if I do one. There's a top 3 each day but I refuse to guilt myself or be negative if I can't get it done.
So within each day I'm flexible. I get rid of everything I can't or won't do, leave 5 I might, list 3 it would be best to do, but am happy even if I do none of them because my priority, right now, is healing from TBIs and if my brain and body want to rest, then I rest. I call it creativity. Planning is a helpful exercise in cognitive rehab. Prioritizing is as well.
What I'm here for is to learn to do the one thing that must be done that day or the earth will explode. That's how one doctor put it. Have compassion with yourself. Treasure yourself. Give yourself room to breathe. Max it out at just one thing on rough days, or none things if you can't and the world will be okay if you don't.
May I be happy
May I be well
May I be safe
May I be at peace
When you are ready, then you can add the same phrases but turn the "I" into "you."
In making any list – of people, places, things, ideas – have compassion. Start with yourself.
This is how I play with my list each day.
- How far in advance do you put tasks on your to do list? I am a big procrastinator and if I see something on my to do list that’s not due for a while I tend to just ignore it. Any suggestions on how to solve this?
- How far ahead should one write their list.. i.e. daily, weekly or monthly?
- Is it any way to make do to list more creative but still keep them simple?
- What strategies do you use to prioritize & organize “to do now” vs “to do later” tasks?
- How to make sure you stick to your list when something else that you need to finish first just popped out?
- How to make a to do list more interesting?
- time management? How to be more effective with time? I am a person who cares a lot about details, and in my work, I tend to refine concepts a lot. I find myself time swept often and offset my to do’s.
- How can I do a ideal write to do list? Can you share an example
- How do you manage your energy Vs. Your ambition (i.e. multiplicity of projects you want to do) ?
- How do you prioritise your three main things to do when you have loads more to do?