Creating an Effective To-Do List


We all have a massive, on-going list in our heads or on paper that we hope to accomplish but when we are trying to accomplish so much we often end up accomplishing little to nothing due to feeling overwhelmed. So, how do we establish a method for effective to-do lists? Well, trial and error is a great way to see what works for us and what doesn’t but I am going to go through some tips on how to accomplish your to-do list.

So to start, it is often the best to do a brain dump, which is basically writing down every single thing that is currently in the front or even in the recesses of your mind. By writing down what is going through your thoughts, you are able to physically look at what goals you should focus on or what tasks you may need to accomplish to gain peace of mind.

Once you have a list of every possible thing, the next step is to prioritize. At this point, you can start scanning through your list and see what is least important and what is most important. If something is not a priority for you, you can choose to exempt it from the list or perhaps even if it is a feeling or a situation you can expand in a journal, etc.  If it is a priority to you, write it down as the first thing on your list and work your way down to the less important tasks or goals.

When writing your list, you will want to include as much information as possible. This means when you write a goal or task down, include how long it may take, what steps you need to achieve the goal and a deadline. These are key components to a healthy to-do list so that you do not have any surprises or anxiety when it comes to actually doing the task and you will be prepared for whatever comes. If you do have anxiety over it, feel free to journal about your specific goal or task and try to find out what it is that is causing the stress and even ask for help if it is needed.

Now that you have the list in front of you, try to keep your expectations realistic. Do not set deadlines that you know you will not accomplish. Do not schedule everything for one day even if the tasks seem minimal. It is better to set three tasks to accomplish a day than ten or twelve and in turn feel guilty for not getting them done.

I’ve noticed that consistently crossing or checking off items on my to-do list has made me feel like I have a purpose in my life even if some of the tasks are small or mundane routine items. In fact, sometimes if you’re struggling to mark things off you may want to start by writing things you know you already do or should be doing so that you can start seeing progress.

I am a firm believer of having an organized mind and writing your efforts down will help you with following your dreams and becoming exactly who you want to be! Even if it seems difficult, you have all the potential in the world and anything you dream can come true, I believe in you!

Hope this post helped anyone struggling with their goals/thoughts/daily tasks.

Wishing you a wonderful night, and a happy tomorrow!

  • Julie


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