Then I prioritize them accordingly by how critical they are
I consider doing the quick wins first so my list can get shorter
Like this it’s an encouragement and motivation to get the rest of the list done
Personally, I divide my day into parts. They might be ‘before lunch’ and ‘after lunch’ or between meetings. I then choose tasks based on priority and timeframe available – for me, there’s no point trying to squeeze my most important task between meetings if it’s a big piece of deep work, for example. So, the first thing I write is the first ‘division’ heading (usually ‘before morning tea’).
In my old job, where my to-do lists were MUCH longer, I’d do a brain dump first to get ALL of my tasks out of my head, then prioritise my list and start from the top rated task. I was very helpful to be able to see everything to prioritise properly, but I have to say, I very rarely got to the end of the list using this method, so it might need a tweak to stop you from feeling like you’re never getting anywhere.
Sometimes, if I’m tired, I deliberately put a nice easy task first to tick off quickly, so I can bounce off that awesome sense of reward and progress into more important, but less attractive tasks.
I think the thing I’d stress here is don’t get too hung up on ‘getting it right’ – if what you’re doing isn’t working for YOU, iterate! Hopefully the above has given you some ideas 🙂
- Do you have any time management tips by any chance? I often find it takes me longer to complete tasks than it should
- How many things do you have in your to do list?
- When you reflect at the end of the day, do you have a penalty system if you did not complete what you said you would?
- If you don’t finish the list , do you leave it or put it on again the next day ?
- How to order to do list when you have so much things to do?
- How many items do you put on your daily to-do list?
- regarding writing and completing the to-do list, how do you keep yourself accountable?
- Do you have a notebook ONLY for your task list?
- Do you ever include “daily routine” items on your To-Do list? While you’re forming the habit? Always?
- I would like to know how you deal with Events etc. that require you to change your plans and so also your to do list or completely change your timetable?