How many times have you created a To-Do list and actually followed it through till accomplished? Many times we create a list whether written or imagined, but hardly ever follow through. Too many things scamper for our attention every single day that sometimes we forget to even look at the list or remember the things we planned to do up in our head.
We could get so distracted that by the end of the day, we have successfully NOT DONE the things we’d planned to do. Sometimes other things take the place and it becomes so difficult to complete or follow through.
What better feeling than ticking something off your list? Like… Done. Dusted. Finished. Phew!
To increase efficiency in getting items on our To-Do lists ticked off, i have some great ideas.
Here they are:
•Make it simple: We can live life simply and therefore We should simplify our lives in the most minimal way. If you create a cumbersome or vague list, trust me you’ll not complete it. If it looks like a national budget or a project, you’ll wear out merely looking at it. So… simplify by breaking it down into smaller sub-tasks which becomes easier to do. And make sure to pick the action points. The smaller and more micro the tasks, the better you’re able to complete them without procrastinating. Keep the list as short and simple as possible, one step at a time.
•Apply the one–minute rule: I recently just learnt about this rule and it’s indeed very helpful. If anything in your list is going to take about one- minute to get done, then just do it now! No need to keep it for later. If it’s going to take you less than a minute to respond to a short text message or re-arrange a single thing near you, then just do it.
•Do the most important things first: prioritize! That’s the word but here’s a new trick; there are definitely items on that list that we’re just not ready to do yet. However, it’s on that list because it’s an eventual goal- but just not now. It doesn’t fit into our lives at the moment. Instead of letting such tasks take the front row while we look at it and sigh everyday, we can push it downwards and concentrate on those ones we want to get done right away. If you’re not going to get committed to the tasks taking the front-row positions, move them downwards or possibly to another list and concentrate on the most important things first.
•Check your morning routines: Our mornings set the tone for the day. It helps our motivation to kick-start the day and get stuffs done or NOT so make your mornings count. A little exercise, reading some inspirational articles, a good breakfast, a ‘lone’ time to connect, plan and arrange, etc may go a long way to give you the right mindset to go about your day. It could be 15, 10, 5 minutes of your time every morning. Having the right morning routine could convert to a more productive you! Read A Good way to start a Good day.
•Be accountable: This should count as being responsible. To be responsible means to be answerable to the things within your power and control. YOU wrote the list, YOU know why, thus you should be answerable to it. With this in mind, you’ll know to be fully committed because you are obliged to give account or justify it. Maybe to yourself or anyone, perhaps a friend. There’s nothing wrong to have someone watch out or check up on you just to make sure you’re keeping to your commitments. You could do the same for them as well.
•Avoid distractions: one of the reasons if not main reason for not following through stuffs is distractions. If we could make an effort to focus on the tasks at hand, it would help us get them completed. We are often eager to tick items off, that feeling is exciting I know but however, it needs a lot of concentration. The average attention span of a person is eight seconds according to some researchers. So we’re easily swayed. Your level of attention to a task is important as it determines the result you get. You’d want to make the most of your time at all times. Wouldn’t you? Ofcourse i know you do!
•Always review your list: Are there some items that have sat around for too long that needs to be further broken down, Or perhaps checked off? Maybe it’s time to weed out irrelevant items and focus your energy effectively. Are there other relevant items you need to add? You need to always review your progress.
To create a To-Do list that is actually doable is an art in itself.
The goal is to get them done and not to show-off your intent or wish and the best way to do so is to get STARTED. Just start. There’s absolutely no other way than to begin the journey of ” a thousand miles” today.
These are some ways that do work for me. If you have some doing it for you, please share so we can learn from you too!
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Jessica IJay Hugo.