If you’ve looked closely at the image above you might have noticed a newbie in the planning bundle. In addition to the usual planning resources in the monthly bundle – a month planner, habit tracker, meal planner, shopping lists, goal planner and a weekly planner for each week of the month – there’s now a to-do list!
I know not everyone likes to-do lists. I’m the first to admit that they have their pro’s and con’s. I actually used to be a to-do list hater! I just felt overwhelmed looking at a list of things I needed to do. I felt like I never crossed things off and beat myself up about not being productive enough.
But then I learned to stop being so hard on myself. And I also learned how to use to-do lists effectively. So here are my tips for making the most of your to-do list…
1 // Brainstorm
Write absolutely everything down. Just get everything off your mind and onto paper. It doesn’t matter how small or mundane a task is, write it down. This will just ensure you don’t forget anything. Don’t forget to keep in mind your monthly goals and write down any tasks that will help you reach them. This is now your master to-do list.
Writing everything down is half the battle as it will free up space in your mind and stop the feelings of panic and overwhelm.
2 // Delegate
After you’ve listed the things you need to do, decide if you can get anyone to help. This is really important if you are overwhelmed or short of time. If your husband is passing the doctors ask him to pick up the prescription. Ask your teenager to post a letter for you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, delegate duties, and resist the urge to micromanage.
3 // Prioritise
4 // Display it
5 // Review
To make your list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you review regularly. There’s no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilise it as part of your overall planning. At the end of every day, I review my list and use it to plan my day ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and goals and then schedule these items into your calendar.
6 // Make your list pretty
This may sound superficial or unnecessary, but it really can help change the way you look at your to-do list. That’s one of the reasons I created the new to-do list. It’s pretty, and when my planning resources are pretty it motivates me to use them. If you create a list that inspires you to stay motivated, you’re more likely to get things ticked off.
So what are you waiting for? Click below to download your May 2017 planning bundle. Then grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there onto your list.
Have a fabulous week…