Creating an efficient to-do list is a feat in itself, and many find they end up not following through with the tasks they have set. List making is a personal thing and can range from broad tasks for some to super minute detailed lists for others. No matter what style you lean towards, here are 6 tips to make your to-do list the most effective it can be.
1. Pick your medium
Whether you want to use an app or just like the simple pen and paper, make sure that you keep all your tasks in one place, so they are easy to find.
2. Organise by importance
Start by listing everything you must, or hope to, accomplish for that day and then rearrange your list by importance. By ticking off the most important tasks first you’ll be super productive and feel extra accomplished. If you don’t end up completing every task, you can be sound in mind knowing you at least completed the urgent ones.
3. Break it down
Now that you have your list, it’s time to break it down into time frames. Go through and estimate a time frame for each task and do your best to stick to it. For that timeframe focus only on that one task and see how quickly you can tick off that item.
4. Stay specific
When listing your tasks make sure you are as specific as possible. Rather than having a broad task such as finishing off a project, break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. You will feel less overwhelmed when you take small steps to complete a larger project.
5. Start a fresh list daily
Make sure that you are starting a fresh list daily. The last thing you want is day old uncompleted tasks weighing on you!
6. Don’t stress
Finally, don’t let yourself stress out if you don’t complete every task on your list. Complete the urgent tasks and give yourself space to breathe and relax.
Maybe add that one to your list!
Jade Byers-Pointer is studying a Media and Communications degree at QUT. When she's not writing you can find her either chasing the sun somewhere at a beach or researching her next adventure. Proudly admitting to her out of control lipstick collection, she also loves travel, dogs, and the ocean. Passionate about all things football and shopping, if you get her talking about either you better be prepared for a long one.