Completing your to do List

Even if you haven’t written a physical list, all of us have a to-do list in the back of our minds. Every day there are certain tasks that need completing, and certain methods that we use to ensure we get them done. Unfortunately, productivity can be one of the hardest things for humans to achieve. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your day, helping you to relax when your tasks are complete.

1) You should start by writing out your to-do list. Most people do better with physical lists than memorised lists. You might make a list for everything that you need to get done at work, or any chores you have to complete at home. It should also include any appointments.

2) A simple to-do list can really help get more done, but an ordered and prioritised list can encourage even more productivity. You may need to order your list according to time of day, but many of us can afford to choose the order in which we complete certain tasks. Putting the hardest, most important, or less desirable tasks at the beginning often helps. Or you may want to schedule them for a time when you work best it is all down to the way you personally work.

3) Breaking down large tasks can make them seem less daunting making it more likely that you’ll actually get things done! For example, you may need to write 1000 words for a project you’re currently involved with. This is a huge task, and one that you may ultimately put off in favour of smaller tasks. By breaking this down into four chunks of 250 words throughout the day, or several days, you will increase the likelihood of actually getting this done.

4) Reward yourself for completing tasks that were extra hard or boring. Plan ahead, thinking of what you will do for yourself when you’ve completed that task. Come up with ideas that work for you whether this be a nice relaxing bath or watching a film before bed.

5) The reason most people fail to complete their to-do list is that they forget they’re only human. We all need breaks; none of us can work for nine hours straight. Make sure to schedule these breaks in, as well as a little extra for events that may crop up out of our control. Even short breaks can do wonders to refresh your mind.

Your to-do list can either work for you or against you. By following these tips and experimenting with what works best for you, you should be able to increase your productivity at the same time as saving your sanity!