To-Do List Tips
Have a code.
Following in the footsteps of the famous bullet journal we suggest you have a simple coding system for your tasks and events. The bullet journal coding system is very easy to adopt into your todo list. At a glance, you can see what is done, what still needs to be done and what needs to be scheduled. Having a to-do list that you can understand easily can save you a lot of time in the long run.
Categorise by energy levels.
I used to categorise my tasks by priority, and then one day 3 different sources told me to categorise my tasks by energy levels, including coach, Laura Payne - Stanley. So I gave it a go, and it did wonders to my productivity. You see instead of procrastinating I would simply pick a low energy task and start from there, more often than not this then got my head in the game, and I was able to concentrate on high energy tasks. It doesn't take long to colour code your to-do-list, but it's worth it!
Note a time estimate.
Giving yourself a time estimate helps you work to internal deadlines and can stop you from taking too long on tasks. Setting a time estimate also sets expectations and if you are the competitive type, a time estimate can make you less distracted as you need to complete the task in that amount of time. Be realistic, though; you will only be setting yourself up for disappointment if you give yourself too little time to do a task and remember the work needs to be of high quality! Alternatively, if I had a little spare time, I could see what task I could complete in that time, making spare time more productive.
To be informed on how long a task will take you it is important that you start timing yourself and keeping a note of how long realistically things will take you. This tip can also keep you from getting distracted, as seeing a timer tick down can remind you how to concentrate and not check Facebook. Remember, if you see a task requires more time- allow yourself more time!
These simple tips can ensure your to-do list works best for you and not the other way around.
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About the author
Chloe Slade is the Marketing Manager here at Cone and focuses on creating content that brings business and lifestyle together. Chloe is keen makeup lover, foodie and loves to work from luxurous destinations.