How many times have you thought to yourself “there are not enough hours in the day’ or ‘I am sure I was meant to do something today”. I have lost count of the number of times that I have said these over the years. We are so busy, with so many different things to try and fit into our days – there is bound to be something we forget right? This is where having a to-do List comes in.
A to-do List is a great way to not only remind you of the things that you need to get done that day but also help you with your time management skills so that you can fit it all in. You can set your daily to-do list in your phone’s calendar, specialized to-do list app or simply by handwriting it all down. The benefits of a good list are endless.
Having a list of the things that you need to get done will help with your time management skills. You will be able to see in front of you the number of things that you need to get done for the day. Being able to see these all in front of you will help you to not waste time because you know that there is something next to knock off the list. You will begin to work through your lists in a faster and more efficient way once you get the hang of it.
A to-do list is a great reminder tool. Sit down and write your list first thing in the morning over your morning cup of coffee before the daily rush starts and you forget the things you wanted to add on there. If you are using an online program such as your calendar or an app for writing your lists you can even set items for days or months in the future so that they are already in the list for that day and you won’t risk forgetting them. Setting appointments, bill due dates etc in your lists will help keep on top of them.
A good to-do list will also help with your organisation skills. You will be able to use the list to plan out your day in advance and keep everything organised and to schedule. Most tasks you will have a rough idea of how long they will take to complete so you can tailor your day around the different tasks. Do all the ones that need to be done out of the house at the same time so that you are not having to keep coming and going in and out of the house all day. Knock off the quick one’s first thing in the morning (if possible) so that you can see your achievements early on.
Knowing what you need to get done and when you need to get it done by will help reduce your stress levels. There is nothing worse than realizing you have a bunch of things you need to do and no idea how you are going to get them all done. Having your list has already helped with your time management skills and organisation skills – so this will now reduce your stress because you will be able to look at the list and be comfortable in knowing that you will be able to complete it.
Having all the things you need to get done written out in front of you will help you to be able to learn to prioritise. It is common knowledge that some things in life are more important than others and you need to be able to prioritise these things and make sure that they get done on time – even if they are the tedious jobs that you do not like. Learning to priorities in life is very important and a skill that you will wonder how you survived without.
Remember when making your lists to keep them realistic and do not go overboard. A big reason for having a list is to make sure that you get everything done but also that you are able to give yourself downtime. Get the tasks completed and then have a chance to relax.
Be proud and feel the achievement at the end of the day when you look back and have completed your list – it is a good feeling.