How do you decide how long each thing you have on your to-do list should take? I never seem to be able to do all the things I want and never know how long they truly are going to take.

Albert Y.
I am having the same problem. I think that I may either be placing too many items on my to do list for the day or not giving each task the appropriate amount of time…..and then you also have to factor in unplanned items that may pop up that need your attention as well. I am continuing to make tweaks in these areas until I find the right combination.
Elis E.
Well I truly believe that if you want to achieve efficiency in what you are doing it is important to visualize the tasks in front of you and try your best to make the best use of the time you have . I always start my day by doing this and I feel it is a great way to start a new day because you know what's ahead of you and how to tackle all the challenges in your day !!!
Mathias X.
You can never truly decide how long something is going to take. There's always going to be something unexpected that happens that slows you down. Just try to do your best and do the quick things first. If it is a big project, break it down into sections. If you study and are trying to do the homework for each class, then break everything into sections. And keep in mind that it is okay to not finish and only get partial credit. Always forgive yourself and keep going. If you can try and reduce the time it takes to get things done by fixing your environment. For additional help, I highly recommend atomic habits by James Clear, since it has been a huge help for me in my fabulous journey.
Florence T.
Don't fit too many long goals all at once do a few short and one two longwr
Nolan Z.
Start with a test week. Make a list of the 3 most important things at the start of a week. Do them for a week and take note of how long they take and how long you can do them effectively (i.e. how long you can concentrate on each task). Base your next week on the initial timelines and adjust them each week till you are happy.
Lily S.
I took one of the early letters in Fabulous really seriously. I stopped writing mammoth lists and just started trying to capture 3 priorities. Now I’m actually getting stuff done. And the feeling of accomplishment versus the feeling of failure – well there’s no comparison psychologically if you want to feel good!
Hanna C.
I plan a day to do these things that I wrote down, and I put a reminder how much time I did the thing, don't put an imaginary time,Iike you aReally not a hero or flash to do these things in a short time, we are all humans, and don't overwhelm yourself with things, be real, and if you were planning to do something today and you didn't do, then you put it on top of your to do list and the other day you do it! No delays cause it wont do it if you keep delaying it. And sorry for my poor English, well good luck, hope I helped you.
Tom P.
I do several things to help manage my time more efficiently, though I am still learning how to adhere to this method. First, I have a daily log where I track my time. I write down my tasks in one column, and in the other I write when I started and when I finished. I also write down breaks, like I went to the bathroom or took a break to relax. The goal of this is to see how long you spend on certain tasks. As a student I like to see how long it takes me to do my readings or write an essay. It helps me understand where I am spending my time and how long I need to budget for certain tasks. This can apply to Chores or work tasks as well. Second, I use a timer app to work in intervals. I notice that sometimes I’m not spending my time most efficiently, and having a timer on a task can help you focus on getting it done. Of course we always want our work to be perfect, but often we waste time on tasks where perfection isn’t necessary. For example, when I am writing an assignment that requires research, I try to be mindful of how long I am looking up sources. If I need minimum two sources, I shoot to double that, as no one gets an A by doing the minimum. But I don’t need to read each article front to back and spend time find “the perfect source”. You need to balance how long you need to spend to do something well and how long you have to do it. If you have a lot of tasks to complete in a day, like sending emails, putting a timer on (so you can see it on your desk) will help you see how long you have and make you work within that time. You have five emails to send, but you spend an hour proof reading and wordsmithing, when in reality these emails only need to take 25 minutes. You aren’t sending them to your boss, so your work performance isn’t being judged, and they don’t need to be perfect. Weigh the cost of spending time to the weight of the task. For me, if a task is worth 5% of my grade but I have a task that is work 25% of my grade also, I spend less time on the first task, since it is less important in the long run. But taking time to perfect the second task is more beneficial, since it effects my grade so heavily.
It can be difficult to maximize your time and effort, but being mindful and sticking to a schedule can really help this. It’s all a learning process!
S L Ne C.
For a number of reasons I overestimate how long a project will take. As a result I have far too many practices to attend. The advantage of a structured approach such as this app is that I can reflect and modify my goals and expectations. I worked as a nurse in the Australian health system. I become overwhelmed by the expectations I placed on myself and these expectations were heavily influenced by others who also had outside demands that were placed on them. I now realise that unless I have a clear understanding of what my resources are I will always feel incapable of expressing my own requirements as well as what is important to me as a human being, a woman, a daughter and mother. It’s complicated. It’s emotional swamp. So the challenge is not just at s personal level it is also a political space. So what’s new😬. Quite a lot. First sense of humour is fundamental. Another is the Socratic method. The above ability to think and question ones mindset.
This probably hasn’t addressed current issues and so what. Life is wacky and jump on board for the journey. But ultimately we all have to decide our own course.
Chloe F.
I write my to do lists in the order I need to do them. Whilst doing this I instinctively know when to add in lunch and school runs. For me I am most productive in the morning so phone calls, organising and admin work I do before lunch so I am motivated to actually do it. I don't stress about jobs that don't get done, I keep them on the list for the next day. Most of my actual working day takes place in the afternoons and evenings so being organised really helps me. I struggled last year as I procrastinated and slept late, since drinking water every day I have had more energy and stopped procrastinating in the mornings and utilised my productivity instead.
Hildegunde U.
One way I keep my to do lists short is to omit the non-negotiables – or things that I know will get done, like appointments and obligations. The to do list contains things I need to do in addition to my obligations. Additionally, I also know that I likely will not complete my entire list each day, since I always have more to do than I have time for. I choose to be okay with that, and prioritize the top three things each day, and carry over the left over items to the next day.
Adalsindo F.
It's all about time management I would say, you know how long u usually take to do a task to complete it it just prioritizing that task for the most important then working down the list .
Alyssa W.
To be honest I’m not getting a lot of my things done at this stage. I think I got over zealous when I was putting my plan together so I deleted a lot. Today I hope to be a bit better and at least do some yoga. Im trying to be more disciplined but the old habits sneak in. Sorry I haven’t answered your question