Recently things have been getting on top of me. It felt like there were a million and one things to do and I was almost scared of making a todo list because I didn’t want to see it all out in front of me. So instead of hiding under the covers and making no effort to change anything I decided to turn it into a blog post series instead.
So today I want to tackle the first step: the dreaded To-Do list. Now this isn’t a couple of tasks that need doing today, this is a life to do list.
Step 1: Choose Your Medium
I’m a notebook girl through and through. I like the satisfaction of physically being able to tick off a task when I’ve done it. But if you’re the kind of person who will either lose your physical to do list or would just rather keep everything paperless then choose a nice app or open a word document. Maybe pin it to your desktop too so you can’t forget about it!
(I’ve decided to show you mine on a word doc because I don’t think you need to be subjected to my horrible handwriting)
Step 2: Decide Your Time Frame
Everyone is different. I like to think of my life in chunks so my planning for now is from today until I finish university for Christmas. Obviously things will crop up between now and then for my to-do list but we don’t need to worry about them now. Christmas is probably a reasonable stopping point for most people at the moment but if you want to pick a different end point then go ahead.
Step 3: Dailies and Weeklies
First things first, you’re going to make a list of all the things that you need to/want to do daily, weekly, fortnightly, whatever the routine is for these activities.
Step 4: Everything Else
All the other tasks get dumped in one big list until my brain is empty of everything I need to do.
Step 5: Prioritise
Once I’ve exhausted my brain of all the things that need doing it’s time to prioritise them. I like to use different colours for mine, so red for things that need doing today or tomorrow, orange for ones that need doing in the next week or so and red for things that don’t really have a deadline.
Voila! Now you should have a prioritised list of things that need doing. Now it’s just about getting them done!