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 🙂