I’m a list maker. I even put obvious tasks on it just so I can have the pleasure of crossing it off. Lists keep me organized and help me relax because I no longer have to remember the items. More importantly, they keep me moving forward.
Try these steps:
- Create project lists and goal lists so you don’t lose sight of them.
- Add the initial items that you need to get your project or goals started to your to-do list.
- Break down to-do’s into small, manageable tasks. For example, when I’m working in the garden, my list includes weed, trim, plant. That way when I finish weeding I can cross it off and know that I am making progress.
- Purge your list. If an item appears day after day, determine if you need to do it all. If not, cross it off.
- Track your items using whatever system works for you. I keep a small notebook with me so that I can always add and delete. I used to use single sheets of paper until I realized I was always losing the paper.