By Corrie Petersen
Creating a to-do list is a great way to make sure you complete all the tasks you’d like to complete in any given time. You can create these for personal use as well as business use. There are so many things you can create a to-do list for that the list is endless, but the important thing is to know what needs to be done to complete the list and meet your deadlines and goals.
While there are many ways to complete your to-do list I have found some of them don’t work for me. Here are the two that have helped me the most and the ones I use every day so I make sure I complete my to-do list and stay on track.
I’ve tried creating to-do lists for the entire month and for the entire week and all that does is frustrate me. I don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere because the list is so long. The reason it’s so long is because I have daily and weekly things I do for myself and for my clients and so those things must be on the list multiple times.
It’s not good to have a to-do list that’s 2 full notebook paper sheets long. That length can get to anyone and I know it certainly got to me so I had to make a change. Now I create a daily to-do list. That way my list is shorter and I don’t miss anything because it was put further down on the long list and was surrounded by tasks that weren’t due for a week or more.
2. Hard Tasks First
I found I was having a problem with my to-do lists and with that came the time when it wasn’t being completed. My problem had to do with tasks I didn’t like to do or ones that were hard. I found I would do all the easy and fun ones first and that left me to complete those ones that I didn’t want to do, but needed to be done. When I discovered this was going on I decided to try changing things so I could prevent that from happening.
One way I tried was to do those tasks I didn’t want to do or were hard to do first. I thought if I got them out of the way first it wouldn’t be so bad. I’d have all the rest to look forward too. Now sometimes that works and it may work for you, but over time I found that wasn’t working either. I found I was procrastinating and that made it difficult to complete the rest of the tasks on my list.
So my last resort was to intermingle easy tasks with hard tasks and that’s finally what it took to make it work. I would do one easy and fun task and then do one task I didn’t want to do. Once that was done I would do another fun one and then another hard one. Before I knew it, the tasks were done and it was smooth sailing after that.
When you have things you need to get done and you don’t want to forget them, you need a to-do list. It’s the best way to see what you need to accomplish and crossing things off gives you a great feeling of success. When you use these two ways to complete it or other strategies that work for you, you’ll complete your to-do list and feel great about your days.
Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she’s a successful Ghostwriter. She enjoys helping her clients reach success through the services she offers. If you need help completing tasks so your business will be successful, click here to see what she can do to help you make it happen.
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