Once you choose your To-Do list method, prioritizing the tasks on your list becomes imperative! Otherwise there are a jumble of tasks that all seem equally important and pressing. When this happens we tend to practice avoidance and steer clear of the tasks we don't really want to do - it's just human nature! Avoidance leads us down the path of crisis management as the tasks we avoid become more and more pressing and important.
How Do I Prioritize?
So, how does a person prioritize? The first step is taking a look at the items on the list. Are some of them projects (multiple steps are needed to complete)? Projects need to be broken down step by step so the overall task is manageable.
Let's take spring cleaning as an example. If we write "Spring Cleaning" on our To-Do list most likely it will be an item that is avoided. :) It feels overwhelming and there is no clear direction about what actually needs to happen in order to cross the task off the list. So let's get rid of some of that To-Do list fog and break down our Spring Cleaning project.
If Spring Cleaning means washing windows and airing linens, write those two tasks on your To-Do list, AND THEN SCHEDULE TIME IN THE CALENDAR TO COMPLETE THEM! That is the key - getting bigger tasks on the calendar so there is TIME to complete them. Simple one step tasks (i.e. phone calls, appointments to be made, etc.) can be grouped together with a time aside in your calendar to complete them.
Tips for Prioritizing Your To-Do List
There are simple ways to visually prioritize your To-Do list.
How do you break down your projects for completion? I'd love to know!
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