Weekly planner on an ipad

A successful to do list

I have always been a lover of to-do lists. At the beginning of a new day or the night before, I sit down and think about what I need to get done, with work, in the house or at my job.

I recently found the most effective way for making to-do lists and I thought it could be useful to share.

Before we start you need to figure out what your personal preference is, for what medium you use to write your lists on. I personally don’t choose to write them on my phone, because then I would just get distracted each time I pick it up to tick something off.

Here are my tips and tricks to a productive day…

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Start with the biggest things that you have to complete

This will be things that are written at the top, and in either a bold colour or larger than the other sections of the to do list. It’s so important to try and complete these in between the other things in the list for that day. These are the jobs or tasks that you keep putting off and will potentially be trickier or take longer to do. I find that if I start with the biggest task then everything else seems so much easier to finish.

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Section the tasks into different headings

Sectioning your tasks means the list doesn’t seem too big. I then like to colour code these sections, and anything I can’t finish that day I put over onto the next day’s list with the same colour. Then you can always associate the colours throughout the semester.

Make sure that you look at each task rather than the whole list

If you have a particularly long list that day, it is all about being the most productive you can be. The list is something to help you, it’s not there to make you anxious or nervous. You need to use it to your advantage and use it as a way to be positive about the day ahead.

Go ahead and make those lists. Be as creative as you like, and get all the things done that you need to for the rest of the semester. You’re nearly there guys – good luck!

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