Hands up if you are an obsessive to-do list writer?
I know I am not the only one.
I love writing down things I need to get done and checking them off as I go. Not only does it make it easier for me to remember what I need to get done, it is a great motivator when I tick them off. I’m like “Yaaaaaaaas, I am 11/10 productive today! What do I have to do next?”. It’s not always sunshine and roses though. There have been many times where I’ve found that I wrote my to-do list but haven’t ticked off majority of my tasks.
So how do you write an effective to-do list that you will actually accomplish?
1. Start small
Every morning I have my to-do list ready to get myself organised and ready to seize the day. I find it more effective if I start off with small and easy tasks rather than large and hard tasks. Think about it as a race. Start off at a slow and steady pace and once you’re in the cycle, go all out.
I usually start off with simple tasks such as ‘make breakfast’ (sometimes I forget to eat), ‘respond to emails and blog comments’ or ‘brainstorm blog topic ideas’. By ticking off simple tasks, I find myself in the mood to be productive. Then I will ease into the more important and time consuming tasks I have to do like ‘write x post’ or ‘complete taxes’. By now, I would have the urge to accomplish the tasks I have for the day.
2. Don’t overdo it
Imagine having a list of 50 things to accomplish for the day. If you ask me, I would look at it and want to hide under the covers. Having an exhausting to-do list can be demotivating because there is so much on your plate to do with so little time.
Keep your to-do list manageable. I usually keep mine to 10-15 things to accomplish (including the little tasks like making breakfast and feeding the rabbits).
3. Make it pretty
Ever since I was in school, I loved having pretty stationery. My favourite time of year was back-to-school time when you go stationery shopping for new supplies. Having pretty stationery makes me motivated to work and imagine what having a pretty to-do list will do? It will motivate you to write your tasks down and accomplish them!
I have designed a free to-do list printable that you can use as your daily checklist. I have been using this daily and it seriously keeps me on track. Don’t forget to download my free to-do list printable to help you start accomplishing your daily tasks! You can download it here.
To encourage you to accomplish your to-do list, I have put together a list of 15 things you can do to boost your motivation. 15 ways to get motivated when you’re not feeling it. Read it here.