Areyou using to-do lists throughout your day? If not, you may be missing out on one of the post powerful productivity tools out there. It doesn’t matter if you use the old-fashioned notebook and pen, or a to-do list app on your phone. You might be wondering why to–do- list work. There are three reasons why they work so well when it comes to keeping you productive.
To-Do Lists Force You to Plan
When you sit down to make out your to-do list you’re forced to plan your day. You’re taking a look at everything you’re working on and deciding what you need to take care of today and in what order.
Depending on how you make out your list, you may even think about what items on your list have the highest priority. The simple task of making the list makes you work out a lot of things in your head ahead of time. This alone will help you stay more productive throughout your day.
To-Do Lists Keep You Focused
Having that list in front of you, or next to you as you work away will help you stay focused on what you need to work on and accomplish throughout your busy day. We are all dealing with distractions. It’s easy to lose focus and get sucked into meaningless tasks and conversations.
With your list you know at a glance what you should be working on and if you make yourself get into the habit of not calling it a day until each item on your list is taken care of, you’re less likely to allow those distractions to take big chunks of your day.
To-Do Lists Give You A Feeling Of Accomplishment
Okay, maybe the car was a stretch, but you know what I mean. Checking off an item on your to-do list gives you a sense of accomplishment. For some this is more effective when they can cross something off of a piece of paper. For others, clicking the little check mark on the app does the trick. Try them both and see what works best for you.
Take a moment to appreciate how much you’ve gotten done each time you check an item off the list. Then use that feeling of accomplishment to power you through the next item. Rinse and repeat and before you know it, you’ve made it through another highly productive day.
If you’re not in the habit of using daily to-do lists yet, I hope this encourages you to give it a serious try. Make a list of five things you want to get done before you call it a night today. See how that goes and then get in the habit of working from a daily list starting tomorrow morning.
Bonus: Write It Down and Check It Off
Now that you understand how useful your to-do-list can be, let's get started on yours. Pick a project or objective you wish to accomplish. I want you to use action words and be specific. What do I mean by action words? Let’s say you are hosting a party for your BFF and there will be a lot of people attending. Sounds like the perfect occasion for a to-do-list, right? When you create your list, don’t just write “Plan BFF’s party”. That sounds massively overwhelming. Instead, you might list “Find a Venue, Pick a Caterer, Choose color scheme. You get it? Putting action words on your list and being specific will help you check off those items a lot quicker and give you optimum success.
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Beverly Jones-Durr is known as the “Clarity Ninja and Mindset Shifter” because she teaches clients, consultants and other service professionals how to eliminate the fog, remove the clutter and shift their focus to their purposeful and intentional path so they can slay the Time Dragon and get stuff done. She is the creator of Sistahs Unlimited, a program that helps women to develop their authentic selves and create a positive and powerful mindset while creating action plans that are both attainable and measureable to ensure a healthy balance of work and life guilt-free. JOIN the Sistahs Unlimited Community today and learn how to live your best life! You can also follow Beverly on Twitter, FaceBook and YouTube