To Do lists are often associated with people who are incredibly organised, high achievers like Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls, or to reference someone real, Hillary Clinton, impending U.S. President (please, please vote her in!).
Then there are those of us who, despite our penchant for making To Do lists, are still as busy, overwhelmed and disorganised as we were the day before. Despite our best intentions we semi-achieve in a state of constant chaos, lying to ourselves by pledging that we’ll start being more organised next week, or after the next deadline is met.
Only to find ourselves in a constant state of anxiety, feeling as though we are chasing our tails each and every day.
Surely there’s a better way to do all of this, and by “this” I mean life. And there is.
When it comes to getting on top of things and staying on top of things it’s not just about creating a To Do list, it’s about making that To Do list effective.
Writing it all down just isn’t enough.
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You also have to learn to remove all emotion from it. Your To Do list isn’t a measure of your self-worth so stop with all the shame. Inspirational speaker Vanessa Loder told Forbes magazine said you also have to find a way to outsource as much as possible. There’s no point in making a To Do list if it’s completely unachievable to begin with.
Your To Do list doesn’t have magical powers. It doesn’t have any power beyond your ability to write a good one and then use it to become more efficient.
Loder says the key to a truly effective To Do list requires the following:
1. Keep it simple
Your To Do list should only have three things on it. Loder says even knows some people who only allow one item on it. As a mother and writer, I’m not sure this is possible, unless I categorised my To Do lists and did one for work, one for the things I have to do for the kids and a personal one.