How do you make an accurate and attainable list?

Connor U.
I like to set myself goals starting from base level & then up to what I call platinum. For example, I set myself 4 fitness goals a day:
10,000 steps – Bronze
30 mins cardio – Silver
30 mins weight – Gold
20 mins yoga – Platinum

This way I can always achieve something and have something to strive for. At the moment I am between silver & gold as I’ll do 2 or 3 of these activities. I’m aiming at the moment to get 5 gold days in a row.

Marek Y.
I list most important things 1st or that need to be done soonest. I make sure not to write down more than I can handle in one day so I can complete all for that day. I work my way from top to bottom to get most important things done and out of the way soonest.

Rhonda J.
Well theirs no perfect way to make ones to-do list but I have a few handy tips!

1. Put the list in order what you are going to do when…

For example your probably going go to work/school before you come home and start to make dinner!

2. Don't bite off more then you can chew…

My trick for this on is puting a star by all the things that are so important that they should be my priorities!

3. Don't forget to add something that you really WANT to do…

Maybe put it in the middle or towards the end so that you're a bit more motivated!

Mar Lio Q.
Sometimes it helps to split the page and make a list of three – five really important tasks for work life and home life. That balance seems to help keep it accurate.

Edinalva E.
So there is this thing called bullet journaling that I have looked at. It looks cool but it looks like something that I would get more into setting in up than actually getting the things on it done. I try to put both the most immediate things on the top of the list, obviously, but I also put some items that are not as important but really fast, easy and attainable so I can feel like i'm getting ahead. I will also go down towards the bottom and pick one thing that I am putting off (thats kind of what ends up down on the bottom of the list to be honest) and i do it. This helps me to not get stuck. I have major procrastination issues. Things that are longer term goals are at the bottom so they dont clutter my head space and make me anxious. I look at the list first thing in the morning before I get out of bed so that I dont start my dying just floating around. I have ADD and my days can get away from me so fast if I dont keep my head in the game. I'm kind of just experimenting but those are some things i'm trying out.

Judy W.
To make an accurate and attainable list…
1) Visualise your day beforehand – take a moment to view the highlights of the day ahead of you – will you go grocery shopping? Will you prepare for an exam? This'll help you cover the main areas of the day.

2) Remember any small tasks you missed out – Our mind tends to focus more on the big picture rather than the small tasks that are equally as important. Were you supposed to wish your mom on your birthday? Were you supposed to go for a jog? Small tasks that have value must be listed as well.

3) Write the tasks in simple words – For example, you're supposed to do homework. Instead of writing "complete thesis of …" Simply write do your homework. Your mind gets eased at the simplicity and won't stress as much. This is a personal preference of mine, but if you prefer to write it detailed, it completely depends upon your choice.

Gertrude Z.
I schedule my to-do list and assign each item one or more consecutive half hour time slots. It's important to chunk your work and sort it into groups of related tasks.

Suzanna P.
i think about what i'd like to accomplish in one year professionally, socially and on myself. then i figure out what steps to i need to do to get there. mixed in with some general maintenance like cleaning, cooking, etc.

Elmer O.
Just write Everything that needs doing and thick when done is you don't get it done move it to the next day. I also have a list of big jobs that have no specific time that need doing by. Also be realistic about what you can get done

Julia S.
I keep a master to do list. Every time I think of something to do, I jot it down. And then, every week I do a weekly action plan where I look at upcoming deadlines (from self journal) and I limit my daily to do list to only 3-5 items. Every month I rewrite the master list, taking off what's done and what isn't necessary anymore

Lauren T.
To make a goal attainable, it's key to make it detailed and break it into small pieces. Answer the 5 W's to make it detailed.

Aurore F.
By listening deep into my desires I know that the items on the list are accurate. To make it attainable is a matter of beleiving that they were put on the list for a reason and they deserve to be committed to. Prioritising the importance of each task makes it possible.

Danny C.
First I start with a generalization then I break it down into very specific steps. Sometimes that means breaking down the goal into a few sections. The more specific you create your to do list the more accomplished you will feel when you start crossing completed tasks of your list.
Example. Get struts for my car.
I break it down into:
*Look for a local mechanic online or in a phone book.
*Choose two or three from my findings and contact them for prices and any questions I may have.
*Compare mechanics with pricing, reputation, and or word of mouth/rating online.
*Choose one mechanic from the two or three
*Set up an appointment with the mechanic.
*Take my car to the mechanic for the repairs.

Din E.
Its easier if you write it day before or day after

Nicklas X.
Each task should be similar effort, if they are uneven, break the large ones up. I like to prioritize the tasks as well, give them letters A B C D, and not assume I will be able to achieve more than 3-5 in one day.