Tackle Your To-Do List
I find that to-do lists are one of the best ways to keep my life organized. They help me see everything that needs to be done, and it feels great to be able to cross a task off after it has been completed.
But, have you ever stared down at your miles-long to-do list thinking, “Where do I even begin?” Same, girl. Same.
Moments like those can make you want to procrastinate the day away, abandoning your to-do list for as long as possible. But, we all know that it’s work that needs to be done. That list isn’t going to complete itself.
Today, I’m sharing a few productivity hacks to help you tackle your to-do list with ease, no matter how long and scary it may seem.
Put your to-list list in order from most important to least important. This can help you visualize what needs to get done now and what can wait until later.
I like to separate my tasks into 3 categories: what needs to get done today, what needs to get done this week, and what needs to get done this month. This strategy helps me recognize which tasks to focus on first. Also, it takes away some of the pressure of having to complete everything, because I can see that not everything needs to be done today.
When I don’t know where to start, I always start small. I look at my list and find the task that makes me think, “I can do that.” And then I knock it out and cross it off.
It’s all about building momentum. Starting small allows you to simply get started, which sets your mind and body into motion. Soon enough, you’ll have the motivation and mindset to tackle the thoughtest task on your list.
Batch Like Tasks
This useful strategy involves making good use of your momentum. I sometimes chunk the tasks on my list based on likeness. Take blogging for example. I’ll write posts, then edit graphics, then schedule social media (as opposed to writing, editing, scheduling, writing editing scheduling…).
Switching between unrelated tasks can interrupt your flow and make it more difficult to get yourself back into the correct mindset for the task at hand. In contrast, batching like tasks can allow your mind to focus on one activity while you already have the momentum. So, keep that train rolling!
Set a Timer
I like to use this strategy in two ways. The first way is when focusing on tasks that require progress, not completion. For instance, when I’m working on my writing project, I set a timer for one hour. Placing a time limit on a task not only motivates me to work hard, but it helps me recognize that an end is in sight. When I understand that I only have to work on something for one hour, I think to myself, “I can do that,” instead of putting it off again and again.
The second way I use this strategy is when rewarding myself with a break. I like to set a timer and eliminate distractions for that amount of time. Then, when the timer dings, I’ll allow myself 15 minutes of freedom to do whatever suits me. After 15 minutes, it’s back to work for another round. This works for me, but, if you’re afraid this strategy will interrupt your momentum, try giving yourself a break after completing a batch of tasks.
These are the productivity hacks that help me tackle my to-do lists with ease. I hope you were able to find a tip that could make your life a little easier!
What strategies do you use to tackle your to-do list? Let me know in the comments!