If you are unorganised like me and can get bogged down in projects and feel like you are drowning in the amount of work that you have to get done, then you need to employ the “To Do” list. Crossing jobs off a “To Do” list has to be one of the most satisfying things in the world you can do with your clothes on.
When I wake up in the morning, I will head up to the office with a bowl of cereal in one hand and glass of water in the other and have a look at what is on the agenda for the day. I will then take a pen and write numbers down the list of what I am going to do first, and I am looking for the small jobs that take less than 30 minutes to achieve.
Getting rid of the little jobs first really helps you focus more, and you already have a sense of achievement because you appear to have got quite a lot done and once all those jobs are done I then start tackling a few of the bigger jobs and keep going.
A “to do” list keeps you focused, and you are encouraged to keep going, and I also set myself little rewards throughout the list as well, so for example when I get job number six done I can check emails or watch a YouTube video or something that is a bit of a reward and breaks the day up.
One thing you have to remember that just because you are sat at your desk in front of a screen, it does not mean you are working. As the summer months get closer I want to spend as little time in front of a screen as possible because I want to be out on my bike or off fishing or traveling Europe so being as efficient as possible will mean I get more time to enjoy the lifestyle I have created.
I had a big web build that I was doing for a friend and it dragged on, and on and this is because it was a daunting task and I was totally lost with it. I kept putting it off because I didn’t even know where to start.
I decided to bust out my notepad and pen and just plan every page with a list. If a task on the list is still pretty big, I would break that down again until it was in little manageable chunks and from there suddenly you have your day planned.
To Do lists will give you a sense of purpose and achievements and are a motivator that will help you reach your goals.