As a visual person I find it works well for me if I work in pencil or on a whiteboard.
That way I can reorganize, add, or remove items more easily.
When I started on Fabulous I had way too high of expectations for myself and failed at a lot. Even caused me more stress then I had before I started using the app. Was actually more productive before too. Then I slowed things down, way down. Life happens and yes structure is important, but so is being able to be flexible. My morning routine is now something I’m positive can always be done. Have no afternoon routine because I’m not at a place in my life were I can commit to that. My event routine I’m still trying to perfect and will get there even if it’s slow.
Now I’m doing better with the app and its helping me stay on track.
So with all that said…I start my list with the thing I least like or want to do and go from there. Most of all I make the list doable.
Then I prioritize in two layers….first is Alphabetically. A’s are the most important and must be completed today. Secondly, within the A’s, I prioritize by urgency or timing. Sometimes all of A corresponds to one big goal of the day that has several important steps. Sometimes they are not related at all but need to be completed and one item might have a deadline. I live on the West Coast now but a lot of my contacts are on the East Coast so I need to be aware of the time difference when looking at my list and schedule.
The B’s are tasks that would be great to happen today but are not as urgent. They could happen tomorrow. But numerically, B1 is ranked more importantly because maybe there’s a follow up step later in the week. Where as B2 is somewhat important, should happen at some point this week. These items if not completed that day will eventually become A’s as we get closer to deadlines and reevaluate goals and timelines.
The C’s are just things that need to get done, chores, filing, laundry, cleaning…etc. They are not vital to my goals but necessary if I’m going to continue living as a functioning adult.
- How do you avoid from having the habit of pushing stuff for the next day?
- I have so many things to do in a day, I am a mother, a student, I have a job, exercise. I really can’t imagine narrowing a day’s to-do list to just three items. How can this be done?
- How do you choose how to group and order your tasks so they’re not as overwhelming?
- On your to do list, you always make first the most important to do? I always tend to run away
- Is it bad if I do not accomplish all the tasks in my to do list?
- 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?