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To Do Lists or not To Do Lists?

By Emma Grounsell
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

To Do Lists or not To Do Lists?…

Personally, I love a To Do List.  If I’m really honest they are what keep my busy work and home life sane. I know that if a task is on a list then it will get done, at some point, and I can forget about it until the right time.

I always have 2 lists – one for the home stuff and one for the work stuff.  Sometimes they are on the same bit of paper but more often they are separate – my attempt to keep the two areas of my life divided.

Everything goes onto my lists, even the stuff like cooking dinner, which I’m not likely to forget, but it means that I can see clearly how much has to be done on that day.  I know that some people don’t like this because a long list of things to get done can be rather daunting, putting you off achieving anything at all.  In which case, a list of just the most important things would probably work better.

For me though, it’s because I really like crossing out a task (any task) once it has been completed!  There is nothing quite like looking at a list of crossings out at the end of the day to feel like I have accomplished something!  If it isn’t crossed out then it gets moved to the next day and re-prioritised with that list.

For me To Do Lists are about planning. Once a week I sit down to plan the next 7 days.  Each day has a page in my notebook and the regular stuff goes in immediately, followed by the specific stuff, such as a school event on one day or a client project on another. At the end of each day I review my lists and, if necessary, rewrite the ones for the following day – because life and priorities are constantly changing, or we simply don’t have enough hours in the day to get it all done.

I’m quite old school when it comes to lists and like to use a notebook but this is because I am usually at my desk.  However, there are various apps out there that you can use if you prefer or if you want your list with you when you are out and about.  Also, a lot of the apps can be linked to various CRMs and databases.  There are some very specific apps, such as To-Doist and Wunderlist but you can just as easily use Evernote or OneNote.

Whatever you do and however you create your to do list you need to find the tool and system that works best for you.  Keep it simple and get into the habit of doing it every day (that includes the weekend!) Constantly review what is on there because sometimes something can actually be taken off! So, for me, it is definitely a To Do!

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