So I create digital to do lists all on one document, that way I can copy what I didn't complete and possibly add to it for the next day. This process (along with highlighting completed and highlighting missed tasks) gives you a good sense of what you're procrastinating.
When things really build up and you begin to feel the burden. The trick is giving yourself deadlines. I got to the point where I have a timeline for the next 4 months. So I get through daily tasks as quick as possible and grind away at the tasks due this week, then try to get a headstart on the next week.
then get sidetracked as one thing leads to another. Once you recognise the problem, you can start to build solutions for it.
For example, if getting started is a problem, take the simplest or the more important/urgent task and break it down. Start with the smallest possible part. Work on it for a half hour. Or 5 minutes. Or 2. You want to accomplish something. Quantity doesn't matter at this point. If instead it is a specific kind of task you have trouble with, figure out why and find a solution to that. If you have trouble keeping time, give every task a duration and use a physical timer that is not your phone. Once the duration is over, you move on to the next task, even if the current task isn't finished. Over time your mind will learn that if it doesn't do the thing in the given time, the thing doesn't get done.
Lastly, examine the way you measure success. Finishing 100% of your list every day is not a realistic measure of success and it will leave you feeling demotivated. If you were able to do 40 or 60%, that is good enough! No one gets all their tasks done everyday.
And remember that success begets motivation.
- How do you prioritise things on your to do list?
- What happens when you don’t have anything to do?
- Share your to do list templates/techniques
- What do you do when you don’t complete everything on your to do list? How do you not feel defeated?
- What to do items can you make into routines or habits instead?
- How do you balance making your to do list both feasible and inspiring? (If my to do list is only things I know I can get done in a day it is too simple and makes me not feel like I will achieve the things I want to
- I’m interested to know how many todo lists others have
- How far should I scale back my expectations when I fail? What if I fail every time for the rest of my life?
- How many items do you write in your To-do?
- How do you make time for yourself with 5 kids and a husband who works 12-14 hours a day?