Life can get really busy, and although we may start the week with good intentions, our to-do lists tend to just exist in the crisp pages of the new planner we swore would make us super productive. Do you ever manage to actually tackle all the bullet points on your list? Effective to do list techniques will help you do that, even when you feel like there’s too much to get done and you don’t know where to start. Luckily you’ve come to the right place.
With a few changes in the way you go about creating and fulfilling your to-do list, you’ll finally be on your way to getting everything done and not feeling frustrated and disappointed at the end of a week you’d hoped would be productive.
Now for the life-saving method that will transform your to-do list…
1. The 1-3-5 Method
Don’t be alarmed by the numbers, this strategy will undoubtedly help you to prioritize your tasks and maximise your productivity.
The way it works is that ultimately you’ll have a daily to-do list of 9 items, but you’ll be prioritizing one larger task a day, then three standard or less important tasks, and finally five small tasks – hence the 1-3-5 rule.
2. Start with one big goal
To fulfill this strategy properly, you’ll want to tackle that first big task for the day. Decide what’s taking up most of your time and what you really need to focus on. You should already know what overarching project you’re working on and how you should tackle it, but writing it out as one sentence will help you cut it down.
You can use our Getting Things Done planner to set out your day, there’s plenty of space to use the 1-3-5 method to plan out your dream day, so it’s easy to find the to-do list plan that can actually work for you.
Once you’ve got your one big goal, leave some space for ‘points of action’ so you can create 3/4 bullet points coming off from that to help you break it up.
3. Next get your priorities in order
Write out three medium priority tasks you need to work on and write them down next. These should be your next priorities and can carry over to multiple days if you don’t get them done.
If you struggle with this part, you can always write your one main goal and move on to five small tasks, what’s left is your medium priority to-dos.
4. Fill in your five small tasks
You can easily find five small tasks that don’t take much priority. These are the things you usually leave for the end of the day or let run over. Keep them on your daily to-do list and tick them off before you move onto the next one. That way you know you’re always completing tasks and not just filling out lists.
By implementing this simple strategy, you’ll stand a much better chance of getting everything done and acing your productivity. No more falling behind because you’ve muddled all your tasks, set yourself unrealistic targets and focused on the wrong things. It’s as easy as 1-3-5, so go forth and tackle that list!
Which to-do list strategy do you swear by? Let us know in the comments below…
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