I’m a creature of habit. Every day, I’ll start my day with a list of stuff I want to achieve that day — some will be work tasks and some personal such as pick up milk.
Then, at the end of each day, I’ll revisit my list and see what I achieved and what I didn’t manage to complete that day. Some of those tasks will slot into tomorrow’s to-do list.
For day-to-day stuff, most people will be able to do their lists on pen and paper and this is how I worked for years. However, I also used to go to the DVD shop and rent the latest films to watch.
Now, it’s much easier to organise my tasks using the Tameday app and watch a film in the evenings using Netflix.
These apps just work and make my life easier.
One of the main ways I use the Tameday project management app is for to-do lists. I can easily set up a to-do (or task) for myself (or a colleague) and set a likely date of completion.
Then when I log on each day, instead of making my to-do list, I just fire up Tameday and see what I have on my plate that day. If I don’t manage to complete a task by the deadline I set, I can just change it to something that’s more achievable.
I like to schedule tasks like writing at the start of the day as I know that is when my brain will function best. For Friday afternoons, I’ll leave some mundane admin as I know this won’t be a great time for me to write after a long week.
7 Tips for Creating a To-Do List
To-do lists are a good way to keep me focused and get s*** done. I also get great satisfaction when I click “mark as complete” and see a green tick — this is the digital equivalent of scoring through the task with a pen.
Here’s my seven tips to help you create your to-do lists.
- Choose your medium — either digitally using Tameday or old-school pen and paper.
- Segment your tasks into long-term and short-term.
- Keep it simple. It can be overwhelming and counter-productive to have an unrealistic amount of tasks assigned to one day.
- Put the most important tasks at the top of your list to help you prioritise.
- Break large projects into smaller modules.
- Assign a time each day to do your lists. For a lot of people, this will be first thing in the morning.
- Be flexible and don’t stress if you don’t get a task done on time.
I saw this image on Instagram this week and thought it was very clever and accurate! How many can you relate to?
I’m currently co-planning our wedding so I have a lot of stuff on my personal to-do list! It’s important I have the right systems in place so I don’t miss an important deadline or task such as suit fittings or sending money to the photographer.
With Tameday, my fiancée and I can easily see what tasks we have completed and what we have left to do before we say I do! It really has been a big help with my day job and planning for my big day.
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