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 🙂
- 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??