With all of the things you need to get done throughout the day, keeping track of everything can be a daunting task. Making a list seems like a logical solution but needs to be executed correctly to be successful. Not sure how to write the perfect list? Check out our go to tips below.
The first step to effective list writing is to make sure the list is something you can accomplish. We’ve all been guilty of creating massive to-do lists that suddenly seem way too daunting to accomplish. Prevent this by creating smaller, doable lists and add only what is important. If multiple lists seems like a lot, try and start with long term and short term lists (think finishing up a report that is due tomorrow vs taking a professional development class before 2019).
Another great thing to do once you've created your lists is to cross or check things off as you go. You can decide if you want to check things off, cross them off, or even something more creative but everyone can agree that there is a very satisfying feeling to crossing thing off a list. By doing this, you have a strong visual of what you have accomplished and what you have left to do.
One other thing you can do to improve your list writing skills is to try and make it fun. This could be anything from picking out a fun notebook that makes you smile to using your favorite type of pen (even if it happens to be purple). List writing can seem like a pretty mundane task but little things like this will help you enjoy it and even look forward to it.
Last and most importantly, know what works for you. Maybe you've tried using a list app on your phone and found yourself never checking things off or maybe you've made crazy long lists only to throw them out before they're even halfway finished. If you've tried a certain method and haven't seen great results, stop using it and try something else and figure out what really works best for you.
Effective list writing can help you keep track of what you need to accomplish and follow through on these plans. How do you write effective lists?