There are many advantages working from a “to-do” list:
- You have clarity on what you need to get done
- You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind
- It helps you to prioritize your action
- You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything
- You feel more organized
- It helps you with planning
Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:
- Limit your list to 10 tasks per day.
- Prioritize: Make sure your list is in order of importance, so you put the most important at number 1 and least important at number 10. This way you will always stay focused on the main goals for that day. Should you not complete your list and for instance only achieve up to number 8, then 9 & 10 get added to your list for the next day.
- Review. To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.
So what are you waiting for? Grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there onto a list now that you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?