Top tips for making a (to-do) list that works

Making a list helps you to remember what you want to achieve.  Taking off tasks from a list makes you extremely satisfied.  Here are some top tips for making a list that works.

  • Choose the Right Medium: small notepad, your smart phone or your PDA, whatever medium you choose, it has to be easily accessible
  • Record every single idea you have, no matter how big or small
  • Make a list of small, manageable tasks to complete every day and put the most important ones on top
  • Make your goals measurable so you know if your plans are working
  • List the things you are NOT supposed to do as well
  • Start your day with your to-do list with task for the day only
  • Leave the list visible all day long
  • Tick off every completed task: you’ll find making each tick very satisfying
  • Take your breaks between tasks (and not inside them!)
  • If you miss a task, add it to tomorrow’s list
  • Set long-term goals too, e.g. what would you like to be or achieve in 5 years or 10 years?
  • Share your goals with others to motivate each other
  • Celebrate your successes – then make new lists of new goal


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