To do lists are your ticket to getting things done. They’re the guide that keeps you on track during your day.
If you’re one of those people that struggles to accomplish anything during your day, or you tend to forget to do things, a to do list is going to be your knight in shining armour.
So, how do you make a to do list?
Let’s get into it shall we?
Write it down immediately
As soon as you know you need to get something done, or be somewhere at a particular time, write it down.
The devil is in the details.
Or so the saying goes.
Be sure to note down important details regarding whatever it is.
A few examples include:
- Points of contact (the people concerned)
- Phone numbers
- Any other important details, like what to bring with you
Writing down these details will help you out greatly, especially if you’re someone who is usually quite forgetful.
You’re bound to impress when you show up to your appointment and you’re at the right place, at the right time, with what you require, AND you remembered the person’s name.
If something unexpected happens, like you’re running late, you have the right contact information to let them know ahead of time.
These may seem like minor points, but they are key to becoming a more organised person and you will build trust with people as they learn that you are reliable.
Make it efficient
No one likes to spend all their time running errands.
That’s why we’re going to do whatever we can to get the job done as quickly, and efficiently as possible.
The best way to make a to do list is to put it in some kind of order.
Ensure that you prioritise tasks in order of when it needs to be done.
When it comes to actually getting your list done consider the location where each task needs to be completed. If your running errands around town, for example, start from the furtherest point and work your way back, or take whichever is the most efficient route.
Your order may be dictated by the opening hours of particular businesses. Be sure to take this into account when writing down your list.
Sometimes you’ll need to complete one task before you can accomplish another.
It’s best to take into consideration all the factors you can think of. Make it like a plan of attack.
As long as it saves you traveling or waiting time then it’s up to you how you do it.
Another point is to use your time wisely.
Just because you’re waiting in line to get one thing done, doesn’t mean you can’t tick a few others off your list. Pull out your phone and pay a few bills or figure out the quickest way to get to your next destination.
Or even, God forbid, ask others in line or the checkout operator!
At the end of the day, a to do list is only a bunch of words on a page. Action must be taken for the list to be of any use.
I’ve definitely been guilty of this.
You can write all the lists in the world and think you’re on to it, but if the tasks don’t get done then what’s the point?
Make it your mission to complete that list by the end of the day.
If for whatever reason you are unable to get it done (usually out of your control), make a point to get it done as soon as you can.
What’s that saying again?
Tomorrow never comes.
There you have it.
When it comes to making a to do list remember to write down details when you’re given them, think of the most efficient way to get things done, and most important of all: get it done!
Employing these techniques should allow you to get a lot more done during your day.
I hope you found this article helpful.
Let me know how you get on.
Do you have another way you make your own to do lists?
Please share your strategies in the comments section!
All the best,