8 Top Tips for Creating a Better To-do List

Using a daily to do list is a great way to stay on track, use your time more efficiently and be more productive. Here are our top tips for creating a better to do list.

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Using a daily to do list is a great way to stay on track. It can help you to use your time more efficiently and be more productive. It’s great for getting all those nagging tasks out of your head so you don’t forget.

Here are our top tips for creating a better to do list.

  1. Decide where you’re going to keep your list. There are loads of great task management apps to choose from )(and of course we’d recommend In-tray if you want a quick and simple way of storing your tasks). Choose one that works for you – even if it’s just using a notebook and pen.

  2. Write down everything that needs your attention – this could be business things, personal things, anything that is taking up mental space. This will be your master list.

  3. Take your most important tasks and decide what’s going on your daily to-do list. Everything else can stay in your master list.

  4. Keep your to-do list simple. Be realistic amount how much you can get done in one day, that way you’re much more likely to follow through. Ideally you want your list to contain between 3 and 5 tasks.

  5. Organise your tasks by importance. Your most important task should be at the top of your list and you should aim to get these tasks completed first when your energy levels are still high.

  6. Make your tasks specific so that you can action them immediately. Say, you have a goal to learn French. Your first task might be “sign up to online course”. If a task seems too big then ask yourself “what do I need to do next?” until to come up with your next action.

  7. Make sure that your ”to do’s“ align with your long-term goals. It’s easy to fill your day up with meaningless tasks and lose sight of where you want to go.

  8. Decide how long a task is going to take and when you are going to get it done. You’re much more likely to complete a task that you’ve given a due date.

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Written by Sarah Bushnell Sarah is a software tester and writer from Warrington, Cheshire in the U.K. She graduated in Law and General Studies from the University of Bolton and has worked for Tudutu Ltd for over 10 years. She enjoys reading and has a passion for learning about personal productivity in the home and every-day life.