The only struggle I have with to-do lists is they often find us doing a mass information dump onto one list. It becomes a list that will never get completed in one day and has tasks that also really don't need to be completed, but we want to keep on the mental back-burner or delegate to someone else.
Does your to-do list ever look so long it overwhelms you out of getting started to check off those items?
Here are some ideas of how to manage that to-do into being a helpful, motivating productivity tool...
IDEA 1 - Three Lists...
Try having three to-do lists on the go. I colour mine - red, yellow, and blue (using those colours of paper or pens).
- Red is for RED HOT! These are the to-do's that need to get done in the next 24 hours. Critical items only.
- Yellow is for CAUTION! These are the items that are upcoming in the next 24 hour - 1 week. These things need to be addressed, but are not as time sensitive as my red items. They are to-do's that I want to build into my weeks plan and keep in the back of my mind.
- Blue is for COLD! These are my back burner items. These are things I don't want to lose but at the same time have no time sensitivity. An example might be a DIY project for your home you want to do (not need to do) like the family photo wall I want to create.
IDEA 2 - STRIKE IT OFF...
The second idea I have for you is to cross off things that really don't need to be there. I find when I go to write a to-do list I often dump everything running through my head onto the list, much of that information dump is actually irrelevant and doesn't belong on my to-do list. So I go through once I have completed the list with a super critical eye and get rid of all of those items right away.
What works for you to keep your to-do list a motivating productivity tool?