How to stay productive with a personal to do list.
How to design and stick with a to do list.
A to do list is your ultimate source of accountability; you can’t hide from a long list of items. And while a to do list is ultimately just a list of tasks, there are endless ways to organize and personalize them. The trick is figuring out what motivates you. Try some of these tips to get started making your to do list — and then get to work.
Personalized to do list tips.
There’s no wrong way to organize yourself — just effective ways.
- For the person who likes color: Color code your tasks. You can do this any number of ways — level of urgency, category (e.g., household chores, work to do, etc.), how much you do or don’t want to do them. Seeing your tasks grouped by color not only adds pizzazz to what might be a dull list, it also provides an easy-to-scan visual that can make your tasks feel more manageable.
- For the person who never has enough time: Organize your tasks by when they need to get done, and plan your list around that. For example, things that need to be done today should go at the top in one category. Tasks that need to be done by tomorrow can follow. Then tasks that need to be done by Friday, by next week, and so on. This gives you a sense of what you really need to focus on so that you can make the most of your limited hours.
- For the person who hates monotony: Create buckets for different types of tasks, and fill your day with a healthy mix from each bucket. This technique helps you build a schedule that’s varied and interesting, and can even make your to do list fun.