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5 Top Tips To Help You Get Through Your To-Do List!

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To-do lists. Everyone uses them. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not. In order to help you get through your to-do lists here are the 5 top tips that I find very useful ...

To-do Lists are a great way to get things done, but you sometimes need help to get through them!

To-do Lists are a great way to get things done, but you sometimes need help to get through them!

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The first thing to remember is that your to-do list is an active, evolving thing. It's not there for you to just stare at and worry about. Work through your list and make things happen.

My 5 top tips are:

  1. Stick to 6 items on your to-do list

    This is because any more can be overwhelming causing us to freeze and not do anything. If you have to prioritize what is on your list of 6 things to do you are more likely to get the important and urgent things done.

  2. Zoning your to-do list

    This is where you separate your home list from your work list. You can also zone different projects. So, you could have 6 things to do at home and 6 things to do on a project. This helps you create lists that can be zoned into either where you physically are, or what project you are working on.

  3. Do what you want to do

    If you have a list of 6 items on your to-do list that make you want to bang your head against the wall, they are going to be hard to get done. Make sure you mix those tasks with ones you actually want to do. This will make it more likely you will actually get all them done.

  4. Make sure your to-list is full of next steps

    If you write 'decorate bedroom' as a to-do list item it is not likely to get done. This is because you have not identified what the next action is. Instead, break it down into steps like 1) get wallpaper samples, 2) decide which wallpaper I want, 3) Buy wallpaper paste and brush and so on. These more manageable steps help you actually achieve them and move towards your ultimate goal of decorating your bedroom.

  5. Schedule time to work on your to-do list

    If you plan your to-do list the night before, or early in the morning, you can just get on with it and you'll see those list items disappear!

As one final tip for you today, if you have something on your list that you really don't want to do, but have to ... how about giving yourself a set time period to work on it? If it's a task that you know is going to take 10 hours, why not split it down into 10 one hour sessions where you totally focus on that task?

Until next time ...


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About Ellen Willoughby ...


I'm Ellen, Director of All About Quality and All About Productivity. I have over 20 years experience as a professional in the quality world and 17 years as a practising Buddhist. As a result of this, I have a passion for improvement. in business and personal life.

This has led me to productivity and how I can be the best I can by devouring hundreds of blogs and books on the subject and practising meditation and mindfulness techniques. Combined, this has helped me understand what needs to be done to improve the performance of processes and more importantly you.

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