I Lost My To-Do List

Last week was quite busy for me. My daily to-do lists were long and necessary in order to keep up. On Tuesday morning, I suddenly noticed that my to-do list for the day was missing. I looked everywhere and could not find it. I worried that something important would not get done. It could have gone differently, but all went well. I remembered key things I had to get done and, on Wednesday, continued with that day’s to-do list.

This past weekend, Tuesday’s to-do list showed up in a file I had been working with. Losing it hadn’t been a disaster and I wondered whether there was a lesson here. Perhaps to-do lists are not as critical as I thought they were. Perhaps keeping calm and carrying on gets you through. Perhaps…….

What do you think about the importance of to-do lists?

 

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Staying Organized

Pexelsiphone_notesHow do you keep yourself organized? Everyone finds their own way. Our ways are on a continuum between order and chaos. What matters is to find the way that works best for you. Are you more productive in an ordered or chaotic state?

Some find that chaos stimulates their creativity. Others find that order allows them to keep their center. There are downsides of both order and chaos. They can each be used to avoid action and keep you unproductive. For example, a near constant state of chaos can keep you from getting anything meaningful done. Too much focus on order can keep you from getting into action. What are the downsides of each for you?

If you think of nature as a system, both chaos and order exist within it, each serving a purpose. Order keeps an ecosystem together. Chaos introduces change and growth. How does your ecosystem work best for staying organized? What’s your best balance between chaos and order?

 

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10 Ways To Keep Your To Do List Working For You

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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