The importance of a to-do list

The importance of a to-do list

Do you ever find yourself feeling slightly overwhelmed by how much you have to do..? Or find juggling your work life and social life a challenge..? Well this was me last month, actually it’s me most of the time! But with several work deadlines to meet and a whole load of fun social events, not to mention life admin to attend to, it was a struggle to keep track of what I was supposed to be doing and who I was supposed to be seeing in July. If I look back it’s all a bit of a blur.

Having a fast-paced, busy lifestyle seems to be the norm but it can sometimes be hard to manage your productivity when you are trying to do a million things at once. That’s when I turn to my to-do list! I hate the feeling of having to do a million and one things but not knowing where to start. Writing a to-do list every day, especially on a Monday, helps me to focus, prioritise and clear my mind. I am usually a digital girl through and through but some things are best kept to traditional ways, pen and paper to-do lists being one of them. It is also known that physically writing things down helps to clear the mind. I love it when I have a list and can work my way through. There is something so satisfying about crossing things off your list once they are complete. Just me?

After my to-do list is written I find it so much easier to see the big picture and I stop panicing that I am going to forget something. It also seems to make things look more achievable. Even if there are a lot of points to get through, it seems to break big tasks down into littler tasks to appear managable.

I usually write my lists in order of priority which I have found is key to being successful and completing everything on time. But I have to remind myself that some tasks on the list can be carried over day-by-day or week-to-week. I regularly re-write my to-do lists which feels equally a good when a fresh list is made. It is my true desk essential and what I owe most of my organisation to.

Not only does it help me to complete tasks on time but it also helps me to reflect on what I have achieved. It is so nice to see what I have managed to accomplish in a day. 

Do you write a to-do list? How do you keep organised? I would love to hear your tips.

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  1. abbeylouisarose
    21/08/2017 / 5:39 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with this post, Holly! Sometimes I feel utterly overwhelmed by the seemingly endless list of jobs that I need to do, but when I write everything down and prioritise it, it turns out that really, everything seems quite manageable! I’m a traditional pen and paper girl, I have a little notebook entirely dedicated to my to do lists haha!

    Abbey 🌸 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  2. Kayleigh Zara
    21/08/2017 / 8:02 pm

    I find that to-do lists are amazing and help me – I do the same with you and I put your my priority things at the top of the list so that they get done first x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

  3. 22/08/2017 / 6:08 pm

    To-Do lists are my best friend. I just got a planner for this purpose. It was the best decision ever. I also use it to write down blog comment swap times and chats to be sure as not to miss them!

  4. 22/08/2017 / 6:13 pm

    I live for to-do lists! I honestly have so many of them and use them all the time!

  5. 22/08/2017 / 6:22 pm

    I totally agree, to-do lists are the best. I always like to write mine on a piece of paper as it seems so much more achievable. Plus with my bad memory a huge piece of paper stuck above my kettle when I make my morning cuppa is really helpful! To-do lifts definitely make you get things done quicker as well I think. xx

  6. 22/08/2017 / 10:13 pm

    I LOVE a to-do list. It has to be a physical one, like lots of post-it notes stuck on my wall or in a notebook as I love scribbling them off when the task is done – so satisfying!

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