Do you have a lot on your to-do list, but you aren’t sure how to make it all happen?
For many years, I found myself struggling with piles of to-do lists that I never actually got around “to-doing.”
I realized I had to break my casual approach to planning because I just wasn’t making progress, and my lists just kept getting larger and larger. (I also have college, my first apartment, and paying my own bills to thank for that!)
Once I figured out what worked for me, I experienced a rush of relief. Every time I got something done, it felt like a small victory.
I realize not everything works for everyone, but I just wanted to share my new-and-improved approach to organizing my to-do list.
If you are struggling with an endless to-do list, try out this method to tackle those tasks with ease!
Create a Master Outline
At the beginning of each month, create a ‘master outline.’ This outline should cover both the major tasks and routine tasks that you have to do on a monthly basis.
Breakdown Tasks into Categories
Think about what you do on a monthly basis and organize those to-dos by categories (i.e. household, work, children, pets, bills, cleaning, etc.)
List Routine Tasks by Category
Spend time on each category to list the routine tasks for the month. Even though you know that trash day is every Wednesday, seeing it written out can help you stay focused and organized. It can also help when your life gets a bit chaotic and stressful. In times of stress, people tend to overlook the small things.
List Major Tasks/Events by Category
After you have addressed the routine tasks, go ahead and note all of the major tasks for each category for the month. Do you need to call the cable company to add channels to your account, or is it time to call your accountant to schedule your annual tax appointment?
Once you have broken your month down and listed your tasks, input them into your scheduling method of choice.
If you are using a digital or paper planner, I suggest color-coding each category.
When you begin inputting the tasks into your schedule, give yourself plenty of time to get the tasks done. Set reminders a few days ahead of deadline so you have plenty of time to organize yourself and ensure that you get the task done.
I found that by simply changing the structure of my to-do list, I became far more productive. Taking the time to determine what needed to be done on a monthly basis allowed me to breakdown my weekly and daily tasks much more efficiently.
I hope that what has worked for me will work for you. At the end of the day, the goal is to be more productive! Good luck!
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