Time management is always a hot topic in personal development. We can't have more of it so learning how to maximise the time we have and to focus on doing the right things is very important.
I don’t know about you, but for the majority of people that I come into contact with struggle with their to-do list. The to-do list is the main part of day planning. It tells you what to focus on and what you need to do to get closer to achieving your goals and dreams. It's the cornerstone of a well-planned day, week and beyond.
Now I have seen people (some, but not many) successfully fly through life with no to-do list. I have seen others using a range of the apps available to successfully manage their list of tasks, ticking off completed ones as they go along or rearranging what couldn’t be done for another day. And others prefer the good old-fashioned hardcopy - or it's newest incarnation, The Bullet Journal.
Sadly for some the to-do list is a massive task mountain that they can never hope to conquer unless they have a 4-man team and 26 hours in a day - and they don’t rest! The majority of us though feel overwhelmed at times by the ever-increasing list of jobs, tasks, and errands.
If you struggle to maintain a conquerable to-do list, or if you are simply looking to improve or simplify your current daily to-do list system, let me share with you my very simple but highly effective to-do list ‘hack’.
I don’t know now where or when I discovered this little trick because I have been doing for absolutely ages. Years. Maybe even a decade! And it has rarely failed me. Everyday I feel that massive sense of achievement which increases my self confidence and gives me a fantastic productivity high, because I have completed my daily to-do list.
And you can too.
All you need is a Post-it.
My very simple, highly-effective daily to do list hack is that all your tasks for any given day should all fit on a Post-it. One of those brightly-coloured 3x3 squares you get a stack of for a few quid.
Importantly, your Post-it needs to be written in normal-sized handwriting - and yes, I have seen people try this technique but fail because they were just writing their usual massive to-do list really tiny in a desperate bid to foil the system! Thats not the ethos of this really simple and effective trick.
I strongly believe that a Post-it to-do list is all you need, whether you are a stay-at-home mum, a successful business owner, a commision-only salesperson or a low-paid retail assistant. No one needs a long massive list of tasks each day. That’s not likely to motivate to get cracking, is it? That’s a procrastination magnet if ever there was one!
Keeping your to-do list limited to a single Post-It not only gets you going because you can clearly see the finishing line even though the day has just begun, but is also makes you prioritise everything and keeps you focused on the most important tasks you need to complete each day to step closer to your goals and commitments, and allows you to make sure you are doing the things that make you happy first. Those things that will make your vision, a reality.
Some will find this tough at first, and others will find this freeing. Whichever group you belong to, you will find massive value in this simple trick every day that you use it, so even if the start of this new habit is tough, stick to it. You won’t regret it. I know I don’t!