Creating a simple, achievable and realistic to-do list is a feat in itself. You know, the ones that don't make you feel overwhelmed or guilty if you haven't accomplished what you set out to do.
Between work, hanging out with friends, finding time to workout and other life obligations, there's always something to be added to the list of tasks and it can feel like you are never actually 'done'.
That's why we wrote this post. We've put together our 5 top tips on how to create a to-do list that will have you ticking things off with pride.
1. Write your to-do list the night before
Save yourself the stress of rolling out of bed thinking of all the things that need to be done. De-clutter and de-stress by writing your to-do list the night before. This way you'll wake up knowing exactly what you should be spending your time on (and what can be left for another day).
2. Focus on what's most important
It's inevitable that every day there will be something that needs to be done and the fact that it hasn't may start to bother you. Whether it's buying a gift for an upcoming birthday or sending an email to someone you've been meaning to get to, you have to ask yourself – is what I'm doing helping me move closer to my goals. If it doesn't, it shouldn't hold a place on your list. Ultimately you shouldn't have more than 3 things you need to focus on for the day. Write these down and forget the rest.
3. Do the most dreaded task first
We've all been told to eat the frog, but what does that actually mean? What it means is doing the one thing you have on your to-do list that you have absolutely no motivation to do and that you’re most likely to procrastinate on.
By getting this dreaded task out of the way and off your list, you'll have some momentum and will be more motivated to tear through the rest of your day.
4. Be strategic with your energy
You need to make yourself and your goals a priority. This starts by completing your most high level, strategic action first, before checking your email or responding to phone calls or other requests. People and technology will always be there to distract you, so work on spending your energy where it will make the biggest impact on your goals.
Ask yourself, are the tasks you are completing today getting you closer to achieving your goals?
5. Reflect on the shit you got done
There's nothing more satisfying than the feeling you get when you've successfully completed what you set out to do. Take a moment to pause and reflect on all the things you've accomplished as well as what you didn't get a chance to finish. Don't feel guilty or beat yourself up about it, just add it to your top three the following day.
At MiGoals HQ, we love to-do lists, so much so we've created an entire range of to-do lists to help you get shit done - see the range here.