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Friday Favourite:How to Actually Get Things Done With Your To-Do List

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As a Career girl, it’s important to know how to schedule. Scheduling means planning your activities so that you can achieve your goals and priorities in the time you have available. When it’s done effectively, it helps you to understand what you realistically achieve with your time and make sure you have enough time for essential tasks.

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So how to start start?
Before we can start, you should know how much time you’re spending on your activities right now. Take your smartphone and clock how much time is used and wasted for each task. Facebook & Instagram is not being productive ladies. Start with scheduling every beginning of the week. You can even do this at the beginning of the month and make a more detailed version weekly. I know there are different websites and apps around there, which are great. But sometimes I still love to use a pen and notebook.

Next what medium are we using?
A notebook and pen or software and apps like Google Calender or Wunderlist(my personal favourite). It all depends on your personal preferences. The most important thing when choosing your planner is that it lets you enter data easily, and allows you to view an appropriate span of time (day/week/month) in the level of detail that you need. Once you have decided which tool you want to use, prepare your schedule in the following way:

#1 – What to do?
Make a list of everything that needs to be done this week. Make your to-do’s specific actions as if your instructing a personal assistant on her first day on the job as to what you need done. Include as much information as possible and make sure you put items on the list that you’re definitely doing.

#2 – How much time
Fill in how much time it will take to do each tasks. Our to-do list should be short, to-the-point commitments that involve no more deciding as to whether you’re actually serious about doing them.

#3 – Prioritize
Prioritize your tasks in order. Schedule in high-priority and urgent activities, as well as essential maintenance tasks that cannot be delegated or avoided. Schedule your time with understanding when you are most energetic and when you are not.  It may seem silly to assign a numbers or letter to your tasks, and you shouldn’t think of these as mega important, but giving each task a simple 1-4 when you create it makes your to-do list organize itself. That way, when you get to work and look at your to-do list, you don’t need to think about what to do first—you just start at the top of the list and start working your way down.

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17 Comments

  1. manisha says

    I am the BEST at getting things done off my to do list :) theres not a single thing that doesn’t get done coz I love the feeling of accomplishment

    https://www.bloglovin.com/people/manishaanwari2-11510825

  2. Jabeen Waheed says

    I can’t live without my to-do list!
    I love the old-school nostalgia of a notebook and pen- no fuss <3
    Jabeen x
    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

  3. Uli says

    I think I have 3 notebooks & 3 different electronic calendars. I recommend sticking to one (of each) because it can get messy again x

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  4. Anniek says

    You make it sound so easy! I’m such a chaotic type and since I’m working freelance I realize I need some structure. I have notebooks and calendars all around now, haha. Might check out Wunderlist.

  5. Beauty and Fitness Guru says

    Planning is essential. Some may think that it is not necessary for them because they are not pursuing career. It is important to see the bigger picture and planning helps with that. You can get any goals you like and strive to achieve in that direction by breaking up this goal into smaller parts and achieving them week by week.

    BF Guru
    http://www.beautyandfitnessguru.com

  6. Vicky says

    Not practicable for me. My diary tells it all, what am to do, where am to be, the clients & time is not a factor because there is no time limit.

  7. Kirsty says

    Lovely idea, where do the kids, dog hubby 45hour working week all the washing ironing cleaning fit in??? Guess this is written for single girls is there any one out there in the real world !!!!

  8. Melissa says

    I have so many notebooks I use for to-do lists, thinking maybe I’ll try out an app

  9. Oh She Blossoms says

    Great post! I can definitely use some tips on how to accomplish things more efficiently! I recently came across your blog and really enjoy it :) keep up the great posts!

    ohsheblossoms.blogpost.com

  10. Natasha Lancaster says

    How uncanny! I was just looking for some ideas for time management and to organise myself

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  11. The Queen of Dreaming says

    It maybe sounds crazy, but I LOVE scheduling. When I’ve got all scheduled I sleep better that when I don’t!

    https://justsem.wordpress.com/

  12. Susan says

    I’m definitely an overly ambitious person. I always over plan my days and never end up going through everything. Sometimes it’s a bummer not to see everything crossed out. But, on a good note, I get most done! :)

    Great article for those who need to get organized! Your to-do list is not that hard to go through and your blog post really helps demonstrate that!

    Susan | cupofsusan.com

  13. Sandy says

    I love TIMEFUL! and the Productivity App!
    Also have my iCal –
    I notice that when I don’t structure things my life gets messy and chaotic –
    Since I have my own business I need to schedule things to be Productive, Effective and Efficient — there is always room for growth of course .. but I feel better today about my effectiveness than I did a year ago.. and it shows on my bank account :)
    Thank you for the blog!

  14. Kari says

    These are great tips! I am the worst with procrastination!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  15. Tanya says

    Lovely post!!!! Great photos.
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  16. Lynda says

    Thank you for the tips!
    Love Lynda
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