3 Step To Do List Makeover

How organized is your to-do list?

You make lists of what you want to de-clutter & organize – right? But how organized is your actual to-do list?

Today we’re going to makeover your list and you’re going to get more done – seriously!

Step 1 You have to know where your list is!

Designate a single way/place to make your list. Scraps of paper, napkins, receipts and backs of envelopes are generally frowned upon.

Instead opt for something easy like a spiral notebook or a document on your smart phone if you prefer to use tech.

Step 2 Write the list!

Keeping the list in your head is a perfect recipe not being able to fall back asleep after waking up in the middle of the night.

Trying to remember all those random thoughts are bound to keep your mind occupied. Clear your mind by getting your thoughts down on paper.

Step 3 Make the tasks tiny!

Now comes the most important part, the real makeover, break up the tasks!

Yes, your list will get l-o-n-g-e-r but each task will be smaller and more easily accomplished. So if all goes according to plan you’ll be checking tasks off your list faster – which will make you feel more successful.

Large tasks are overwhelming, take a long time to complete, and you may be unsure of where to begin. Tiny tasks are do-able and in small amounts of time you see progress.

Still stuck?

No worries, this might be a new idea so allow me to share an example with you.

Let’s say you want to organize a Birthday BBQ.

You might write plan BBQ on your to do list.

  • Then you might not know where to begin so you leave the task on your list.
  • Then you re-write your list and you move the task from one list to the other – still undone.
  • Then you look at the calendar and realize you only have two weeks left to plan to BBQ.
  • Then you finally decide to buy invitations so you go to the store. But you realize by the time you send them it might be too late.
  • So you change plans, skip the BBQ and call everyone to invite them to a brunch at a local restaurant.

MAKEOVER VERSION

Let’s say you want to organize a Birthday BBQ.

You might write plan BBQ on your to do list.

  • Then you remember reading this article and you re-work your list

Brainstorm all the things that have to happen…

  • Pick a date
  • Make an invitation list
  • Send invitations
  • Look up recipes to plan menu (or research caterers)
  • Clean grill
  • Rinse lawn chairs
  • Buy decorations
  • Find lawn games
  • and so on…

Make sure EACH tasks is *tiny* the task should be something you can complete in just 10 minutes. If not try to break it down even further.

Yes, your list will get longer. But don’t panic.

Now each tasks is something you accomplish quickly.

See the difference? A simple to-do list makeover can make you very successful at getting things done! Otherwise you risk just re-writing tasks over and over, feeling unaccomplished, then waiting until things are a rush and getting stressed out.

Let’s makeover our lists together today – are you in?

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