I find a good trick is to acknowledge that working on Todo lists is no substitute for actually powering through the list, and to set time aside not only for the planning, but also for the execution.
For instance, a daily 25 minutes slot where you put away distractions and start on your Todo by order of priority. Work not to the tasks (as in don't go in thinking "I'm going to complete those three tasks") but to the timer: "I'll only work on my to-do items for that time, and nothing else, I'll try to get as much done as possible, and whatever manages to get done within that time will be done, and whatever doesn't will get tackled tomorrow when I do it again"
Then once the execution habit is anchored and you do it naturally every day, you're a good ways towards beating procrastination!
I used to have anxiety over the items on my to-do list. This was because when I wrote down a to-do, my mind was anxious if I’ll be able to accomplish this or not.
It’s basically like, I know I have to do something but I don’t know how I’m gonna do it, hence the anxiety.
So how do you overcome this?
Break down your to-do until you feel like the individual items are things that you know you can achieve for sure. Now looking at the to-do list won’t be daunting, it’ll be bunch of things that you know can be accomplished. I hope this helps. Enjoy!
- 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?
- 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) ?