1. Start with a list covering a week’s time.
2. Check your calendar to see what time is already scheduled for that week.
3. Include only your priorities for the week. (You can keep a side list for future weeks.)
4. Make sure your priorities align with your organization’s expectations.
5. Be realistic about the time you have – include only tasks you have time for that week. Identify any tasks that are due and there may not be time for.
6. Include contingency time for unanticipated tasks that come up during the week. (For example, include tasks that will take 85% of the time you have that week, with 15% contingency time.)
7. Break the list down to days in the week. By doing this, you will organize what you will focus on each day.
8. Keep your To Do list visible (manually or using an app).
9. Check your To Do list twice a day to see how you are progressing.
10. Don’t stray from your To Do list, unless there is a compelling reason.
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