How to use a To Do List to Get Control of Your Day
By Bridgette Boudreaux
Do you ever feel that your day is out of control? Have you ever had projects, tasks or chores that you had an intention of getting done but you never had an opportunity to start them due to interruptions or distractions? Does this sound like a day from your life? If so, it’s the definition of days that are out of control; if you experience one or more of these types of days per week, you have no control over your days and even worst, you are not accomplishing anything you need to get done. Please understand that being busy without being productive only leads to an unproductive, uncontrollable day and a sleepless night. Who wants this type of stress? Here’s the good news, you can gain control over your day with one simple time management tool: a “to-do” list. Your list should only have three to five tasks that you must get done on that day. Never use your “to-do” list as a dumping ground of things to do in the future. A “to-do” list is for tasks that need to be completed on today only accompanied with your complete focus and no excuses – No Exceptions (only exception: a major emergency). You can create your ‘to-do” list the night before so you will know what you must do when you start your day. Your “to-do” list will also provide the following:
· Guide to Your Day – You will know where to start & what needs to be accomplished; you will no longer start your day without a plan of action.
· Keep You on Track – Your list will provide next steps; upon completion of a task, your list will direct you on what you need to complete next.
· Inventory of What You Need to Get Done – Looking at your list will be an opportunity to evaluate what you’ve done and what else needs to be done to complete all your tasks on your list. It also alerts you to how much time you’re spending on tasks & make you aware of how much time is actually needed to complete similar tasks.
· Establish Daily Goals & Priorities – As you persistently prepare a daily “to-do” list, it will become a great habit. Creating a daily plan will help you to establish daily goals and priorities.
As you create and use a “to-do” list daily, you will control your day as oppose to it controlling you. Of course there will be unavoidable emergencies, distractions & circumstances that will take you off track but your “to-do” list will get you back on track and on top of things instantly.