I don’t know about you, but I cannot function without a to-do list. I’m not sure if it’s the Pisces daydreamer in me that needs one to focus or if I’m just a forgetful person in general – all I know is I need one. At. All. Times.
I’m quite particular about how I make them though. I’ve been making lists for quite literally years which means I’ve come to realise exactly what it is that does and doesn’t work for me.
Having more than one
Before you freak out, I’m not saying you need 10 to-do lists but I do recommend at least two. Having a separate one for work and personal tasks is something I find really helpful. Combining the two can get confusing as well as very long which just makes me feel like avoiding it all together. This also helps me to prioritise my time. If I know I’ve got a lot of work on over the next few weeks, the housework can wait. If not, I’ll find the time to finally touch up the walls or have that wardrobe clear out.
Make a mini one each day
As well as having a separate to-do list for business and pleasure, I also like to create a mini one at the start of each day. This does the same in terms of helping me to feel less overwhelmed but it also really helps me focus for the day and avoid procrastination. There might be 20 things on my to-do list but if I choose three to five of them to tackle per day, I’m far more likely to get them done.
Write it down
This may well just be me being old school and an English graduate but I have to have a physical, written to-do list. For work, I also have a digital one, just because it’s easy to keep things all in one place on my laptop but there’s something about writing things down that helps me remember them. It’s also super satisfying to actually tick things off once they’re completed – I’m easily pleased.
Keep it pretty
A to-do list that’s nice to look at is a to-do list I’m more likely to get cracking on. Bring out the pastel coloured highlighters, the pretty notepads and the polka dot sticky notes, whatever it takes to make your list worth looking at.
How do you stay organised? Are you a to-do list maker like me?