The advice that has helped me the most regarding writing a to do list is to focus on 2 non negotiable goals for the day. Also, I’ve heard a few fitness leaders and entrepreneurs say that when you make your daily goals ridiculously easy you’re more likely to complete your goals and keep up a realistic momentum to stay consistent with your long term goals!
- What are some of the things that stop you from flossing each night?
- Do you do the same stretches every day?
- How can you learn faster?
- Do you always take a break after a deep work session? If so, what do you do during that time?
- What if I have a family member who needs to reach me when my phone is disconnected?
Just write really little things like washing up and walk the dogs and meditate and do some stretching. Little goals are always better!
The biggest thing for me has been to use my to do list as an external brain – it stops tasks from randomly popping into my head and causing me to be distracted and anxious. As a result, I have several to do lists. The "master" to do list, in which I note everything I COULD be doing at any given time. When something is written down here, I can trust that I don't have to try to remember it. Then I have to do lists for each project I have running, so I know what the next action is for each to keep that project moving forward. During the day when new to do's pop up, I add them to an "inbox" list, which I sort out or action at the end of the day. My daily to do list usually only consists of three items that are most important to get done that day.
Well for me, I think about it in a timeframe. What goes first and what goes last. The pleasure of ticking it off in an orderly manner is helping
Breaking bigger tasks into smaller ones. For instance if you have an essay to finish don’t just put ‘finish essay’ but break it down. ‘Write 500 words’ or ‘write X paragraph’ or ‘finish footnotes’. Breaking it down makes tasks seem more achievable and thus motivates you to do them. Plus allows you to be more structured!
To comprise the to do list of only the top 3 priorities of the day. This way, the list is realistic and much more achievable. Completing the the list then, produces a sense of accomplishment instead of a feeling of failure.
I try to be as specific as I can, based on what I know I'll need to read when I go back to my list throughout the day. For example, instead of "clean the bedroom", I break that down into more specific tasks like, "vacuum under the bed" or "change the sheets". So I end up having several things to do in my room but seeing each task helps me to keep moving through the room. Having said that, I like to make categories and color code the list as well.
Is it urgent and important? Is it important? Does it further your goals? If the answer is no, then do not write it down.
- How do you plan your day? I have to work for my job and have to study for a big exam. 24 hours for a day isn’t enough for me 🙈
- Should I write the time to do them as well? Cause it freaks me out when I don’t finish them on the written time.
- How do you approach your to-do list. On what basis do you review and what’s your cadence?
- How many items should my to-do list contain? How often should I check the to-do: once or twice a day?
- If you’re self-employed, what do you do to stay motivated, or feel accomplished?
- How do you get yourself motivated to exercise?
- I’d like to ask other members about their rituals. How do they set theirs and what does that look like?
- How do you set up your to-do list and what items do not make the cut?
- How do you fit writing your to-do list in your busy morning schedule?
- Are your to-do Lists more than 3 items? And if so, are they all dealing with the same subject? As in, do all 3 have to deal with work, or does it have a mix of home, work, and social? Which do you find easiest to follow through on?