3 Steps to Get the Most Out of Your To-Do List

A to-do list is a way for you to keep track of your tasks. It helps you identify the tasks that should occupy your time and get a piece of your efforts.

If you try to keep track of all your tasks in your head, you’ll inevitably drop the ball and forget to perform some of them. Plus, every time you complete a task, you’ll waste time trying to figure out what your next task should be.

Whether you write your list on a piece of paper, draw it on a chalkboard, or use an app on your mobile device, get the list out of your head.

Now, follow these 3 steps to get the most out of your to-do list.

1. Select

To get the most of your to-do list, you must first put the right items on it. And the “right” items are tasks (and activities) that move you closer to your goal(s).

Of all the tasks you could put efforts on, only a few will actually help you move toward your goal(s). Those are the tasks that should be placed on your to-do list.

If you bloat your to-do list with trivialities, you’ll waste time and energy, but achieve little results. When you take the time to select the items you put on your to-do list, you identify the tasks that are most worthy of your attention.

2. Organize

All activities aren’t equal, and to maximize your efforts, you should focus on what the most important tasks first.

Once you have your list of tasks, rank them in order of importance, with the first one being the most important one. If you can only perform one task today, which one should it be? That’s your most important task. Identify your second most important task, then your third, and so on.

Placing the list items in order of importance ensures you get maximum return on your efforts.

To get the most of your to-do list, you must organize the list.

3. Work

Once your list is organized, it’s time to move into action mode: it’s time to do the work. There’s no point of putting things on your to-do list if you’re not going to “do” them. The purpose of a to-do list is to “do” the listed tasks.

Attack your list with zest. No time for procrastination. You know what you’re supposed to do; it’s on the list. Now, go do it. The sooner you get it done, the sooner you can move to the next item on the list.

This where the rubber meets the road. You can have the fanciest to-do list, but it means nothing until you act on it. If you want to get the most out of your to-do list, you must do the work.

 

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.