Making Your To-Do List “Stick”


Grocery List
Sunday is my day for catching up on things I missed during the week, getting a head start on tasks for the week ahead, and getting to zero inbox

With a limited number of hours in the day, there is only so much that can be accomplished. I’m someone who hates to go to bed with a task left unfinished, but sometimes with a big empty Sunday ahead of me I can get a little ambitious. I’ve found though that if you set yourself up for small wins by limiting your to-do list you’ll feel more accomplished at the end of the day. It’s much easier to get 3 things done than 30. It’s just simple math – and I’m terrible at math but trust me, it’s true!

This method can be used to increase productivity at work, plan social events, and even limit overspending at the grocery store!

Not convinced? Here’s a list of reasons to limit your to-do list to a post-it:
1. The limited space on a post-it (the squares are only 3″x3″) forces you to quickly prioritize – you list the most important and crucial tasks first, lest you run out of precious yellow space!
2. When you’ve completed everything on the post-it, you’re done for the day! You can use that free time to (dare I say it) relax!
3. Life happens, and when it does you will be glad that “organize your sock drawer” and “subscribe to listproducer.com” (below!) are the only tasks left on your list.
4. They stick! Depending on my tasks for the day, I’ve been known to stick my list to the corner of my laptop, the back of my cell phone, and even my bathroom mirror! Sometimes something as simple as keeping your to-do list in a place you’re sure to see it will increase productivity.
5. A full post-it prevents you from adding tasks throughout the day. Sometimes I feel like I will never accomplish my list, only to realize it has doubled in size throughout the day!
6. The method is easily adaptable. Remember what I said about the grocery store? Limit what you buy (excluding fruits and veggies) to the size of a post-it when trying to eat fewer processed foods.

 

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