The idea of a to-do list is to help you focus on the most important thing for you. Rambling to-do lists are just would like to see done not need to be done today.
It also works the other way around, if I’ve made a paper list and things haven’t gotten finished, I’ll add them in my phone app!
I’m working on it.
I think I need to cut down my lists on my phone. One trick I have occasionally found useful is to use emojis, pic art 🖼, & abbrev rather than typing full words. I also try to categorize but mainly by trying to stick an to ABC system. Also I try to categorize only to a ToDo List and Top 3 Priorities rather than separate “Work” and Family” To Do Lists.
I keep a separate electronic Groceries List and an electronic web based calendar that syncs with my phone and email.
I need to use my small portable spiral notebook 📒 and pen more often. I definitely use it day to day when I really need to clear my mind, block distractions, & get focused work accomplished.
I hope that answers your question even though there wasn’t really paper in there.
For me digital planners are easy for to ignore, especially if I am in the middle of another task, but a paper to do list requires a mindful effort for me to review.
On the flipside, scheduling dates opposed to tasks works better for me digitally, but only on my phone.
About the length and carryover, it happens because if things that take up time or that arrive unexpected. Ex. I had planned to go home and cook and help my daughter among other things, but 1o mins before I was leaving work my spouse informed his car was just hit and undrivable, so my evening to do’s definitly weren’t crossed off.
- 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?