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!
- How could I effectively use my time without laziness
- I need this to be so simple. And struggle to now what to include and what to leave out. Too basic and they seem pointless. Too detailed and they seem to take up too much time I could be focusing on other things… any suggestions on how to prioritise and discriminate between tasks to include and task to accept as given.
- Do you write the small and mundane tasks like cook, go for a walk etc on your list?
- What do you include in your most basic routines- what is something that simply must be done no matter what?
- Do you write only a few tasks on your to do list, or do you write everything that you have to do and then pick the top three or so to get done today? I’m never sure which approach is most effective.
- Do you check and adjust your to do list throughout the day? How do you remember?
- Do you ever feel like you write to much stuff to do for one day?
- Do you write down your routines too or skip them since they are ‘routines’?
- Which order do you accomplish your tasks? Due date? Importance? Fun making it?
- what are some things you always put on your to do? do you find that having the same activity at the same space everyday makes you more likely or less likely to actually do it??