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The Power of the To-Do List and Tips for Sticking to it



I don't know where I would be without my trusted to-do list. Or, should I say lists. I have notebooks for work, organisational boards for projects, checklists on my phone tied to handy little reminders, and even sometimes a bit of gentle yelling. I plaster my walls, my desk, the depths of my handbag with to-do lists so I'd like to think I know a thing or two about crafting the kind you are going to stick to.


One Doesn't Cut it

In all my years of to-do listing, I find that one never cuts it. I either end up with an overwhelmingly long lists of demands that, quite frankly, looks terrifying. Or there aren't enough colours and coding in the world to break up my week into the stuff that I need to do for work, need to blog about, need to buy, e-mails I need to send - yada, yada, yada - you get the picture.

Which is why I highly recommend splitting your to do lists up to cover different genres of task. For example, my list of unusual house chores (things you don't do every week like clean behind the fridge, fix that thing you keep meaning to fix, etc.) is stuck to the front of the fridge. Where as my work to-do list remains neatly on my desk - where I don't have to look at it until Monday morning.


Handwritten or Digital?

It also helps to mix the handwritten with the digital. For example, I know I need to do the laundry, but I don't need reminding about it as much as I would, say, to water my insanely needy Venus Fly Trap. At the same time, I don't want to bombard myself with an endless list of reminders - because that's no fun, a girl - is no one, GoT has kind of ruined that phrase for me - needs a night off.


Start Listing Early

I have a never ending to do this - I mean this in a literal sense rather than as a figure of speech. As soon as I'm nearing the end of the tasks for one week, I'll make sure to start noting down the things I have to do for the next. Sometimes well in advance, for example organising advertising spaces on my blog. That way I remember everything I have to do and when I have to do it.


Checkboxes are Hella Satisfying

For me, to-do lists rarely work unless I have that gold star moment of self-satisfaction that involves checking a check box. Putting a line through it is just never the same and I might get judged hard if I tac an actual star chart to my wall...


Don't Aim for Completion


I know this sounds uninspiring - but I can't remember the last time I actually finished a to-do list. Firstly, I'm the kind of person who always bites off more than they can chew and secondly, unlucky enough for there to always be some sort of spanner-in-the-works situation which prevents me from finishing my list like rain or insane bouts of fatigue. At least this way I don't beat myself up about it.


Do you have any tips for sticking to a to-do list? I'd love to hear them in the comments below!

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