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.