Your head is filled with errands and things that you need to do. You either add or strike those tasks. You feel a mixture of relief as you strike them off but at the same time, a new sense of dread when you add more things. Does that sound familiar? If so, read on and I will tell you how to handle your to-do lists without losing your sanity.
3 tips to handle your to-do list
1. Get Clear
If your table or wall is filled with post-it notes, this is one of the signs that you will feel overwhelmed pretty easily. The first thing to do here is to organize these to-dos in separate categories: time-sensitive (TS), urgent but not TS, or easy tasks. Prioritize them and see which categories you’d like to do first. Focus on just one task at a time. Get that done and then move on to the next one. You’ll get a clearer objective and discern which one requires your full attention, and which can take a rain check.
2. Set A Deadline
It sounds pretty obvious, but for some people, it’s a little stressful to set a deadline. However, I find that this is good for me because it gives me some space to prioritize better. I know where to focus my efforts and not waste my precious time. If I do not do that, mentally, I would think that I have to do them all at once, right away. This is where panic attack will set in quickly.
3. Helpful Task Management Apps
I use a variety of tools and apps to help me stay more organized. I use Google Calendar to schedule my meetings, errands or remind me of my friends’ birthdays. You can set the hours and a reminder for any event, and it’s free. There are a few apps that I use for my to-do list such as Wunderlist or Trello. Wunderlist is free to use and you can share your list with your family members or friends, so they can help you organize your tasks better and finish them. If you are more of a visual person, Trello has this function so you can get an overview of your month. I also use Google Keep to remind me of errands, make lists, and write notes for ideas, meetings, or drafting important documents.
Always keep in mind that to-do list is a list that you created. This means that you also have the power to decide on the importance. Remember to be clear which task requires your most attention, and set a deadline to finish it. And if post-it notes don’t do it, you can thank the wonders of technology with those organizational apps. Don’t get overwhelmed and stay efficient.
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