There are endless ways to create a To Do list….from pencil and paper to smartphone apps that will color code and prioritize for you! Choosing a method that flows for you is the key to successfully implementing the list approach to getting things done.
My Kind of Lists
I’m a paper and pencil kind of gal. Because I’m always on the move, I keep a small clipboard and pad of paper with me, jotting things down as I remember them. When the list gets too long, or there are too many pages being used, I take some time to corral the items – long term projects get transferred to a big white board, smaller items get re-written and time is allotted in my daily calendar to get them accomplished. This keeps things “fresh” in my eyes, and keeps me motivated.
More List Options
The key to making your To-Do list help you get things done is choosing a method that matches your style and specific needs. You might even want to keep one kind of list for things like household chores, and another for business related items. There are lots of options, so consider how these list making methods might fit your life.
Digital To-Do List Options
Once you enter the digital world there is no end to the To-Do list apps available for smartphones, tablets, and computers. These also allow for easy manipulation of tasks, and a good app will work in tandem with your calendar and other programs. Two of my more robust favorites are Remember The Milk and ToDoist. The key when looking at apps is choosing one that won’t overwhelm you with options. Simple IS better! If you're new to digital To-Do lists, you might want to try one of the simplest apps I’ve found - Tasks.
No matter what method you choose, prioritizing is a MUST. When small tasks mingle with large projects it’s a recipe for disaster. We’ll talk prioritizing methods next week.
In my humble, professional opinion, the less time spent creating the “perfect” To-Do list means more time available for finishing the things on the list! Use a method that works for you, remembering that “done well is better than not-done-perfectly”!
What type of To-Do list do you use? And what type of To-Do list scares you the most?
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