How to actually get things done with your to-do list

What is your favorite way of keeping track of your responsibilities? What tool do you prefer for managing your tasks? When asking different persons these questions, you will surely receive different answers. This is because organizing your tasks in a to-do list is a personal matter and the best system is one that you can actually trust.
A to-do list isn’t helpful unless you have your tasks scheduled. Plan each day thoroughly and check the list with regularity to keep track of the things that should be done. When something is left undone, the task will be rescheduled, preferably for the next day.



After your first analysis, you will probably end up with a long list of to-dos, which needs to be prioritized. Once the modification is made, extract the three most important tasks. These will be written on a post it note, reminding you of your duties whenever you see it.
Some will argue that a long list, filled with too many things that need to be solved will simply discourage you. You will feel overwhelmed and you will constantly feel that you are behind schedule. Some persons adopt another method: they write at most five important tasks, keeping the list short and simple, and they add more only after finishing them. Whenever something new appears, it is temporary written on a “could do” list and afterwards it’s reviewed.
Some projects are time-consuming and require significant efforts. Surely, it’s not in the least pleasant to plan the beginning of such a stressful activity. Whenever a task intimidates you in scope or size, try to divide it into tinier pieces. It’s intimidating to “Make a yearly plan”, but you will want to give it a try if it involves actions like “Call Maria to ask her opinion” or “Make a list of 10 things that should be accomplished”.

So, you have a well-made list with all the things that need to be done the following day. But what if you wake up wanting to avoid those activities and looking forward to a bad day? Then you find yourself in either one of the next two categories: you are overloaded or you are unable to find pleasant tasks on your list. Who would want to face a day full of unpleasant tasks? If there is nothing enjoyable and exciting on that list, you may be in the wrong job.
Many times, people experience some resistance when starting work on something. Unfortunately, they don’t analyze that resistance and a solution is more difficult to be found without a prior identification of the problem. When your list of things to do includes a task that is unpleasant to you, simply start performing it. All you have to do is start; after that, it’s significantly easier to keep going.
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