Every day comes with a to-do list, whether you are completing a few chores, running a business or working to better yourself physically, mentally or spiritually. However, if you put too much on your list, you may end up spreading yourself too thin and accomplishing nothing. Instead of resembling a chicken with a head cut off, sit down and get organized before you try doing too many things at once. Here are a few tips to help you accomplish your tasks and get as much done as possible.
Prepare Your Body
If you aren’t mentally and physically prepared to take on the day, you are going to drag your feet through every task on your to-do list. If you know you have a big day tomorrow, start off right by getting to bed early tonight. Getting a good night’s sleep is step number one to having a productive day. Step number two is feeding your body right. A good breakfast is not only good for your health, but it fuels your body so it can keep up with the workload ahead of you.
Write Everything Down
Don’t waste your time trying to remember what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. Create a to-do list with everything you need to accomplish by the end of the day. By writing it down you can also visualize what might be the best and most productive order to complete the tasks in.
Know Your Limitations
By giving yourself an unrealistic to-do list, you are not only setting yourself up to fail, you are discouraging yourself from attempting to be productive on a more regular basis. When you know you can’t accomplish an overall goal, it usually prevents you from accomplishing all the smaller goals along the way. By putting too many things on your list, you are limiting the chances that you will get anything on the list done.
Get the Little Things Out of the Way
Before you consider tackling your to-do list, get everything else off your mind. If something can be done in less than 10 minutes, get that out of the way so it doesn’t even need to go on the to-do list.
Do the Hardest Task First
The most difficult task is always the one you are least excited about doing. By getting the biggest or longest task out of the way, it will make the rest of your to-do list look like a breeze and you don’t have as much trouble pushing through to get things finished.
One Task at a Time
Most people ruin their productivity by trying to do too many things at once. When you fall into this habit, you have multiple half-finished projects by the end of the day and no completed tasks. Instead, focus on one project until it is finished. Only move on to the next task once the previous one is 100% done.
Take a Break
When you create your to-do list, it is important to schedule in a few breaks throughout your day. By giving your brain a little resting time, it will be more prepared to take on the next task. By going and going and going from task to task, you will nullify the purpose of the good night’s sleep and healthy breakfast. You need to give your batteries a change to recharge between tasks.
There is nothing wrong with rewarded yourself for a hard day’s work. Make a deal with yourself: if you get everything on your list done, you get treated to something special, whether it is a tasty dessert or a day of shopping. However, this will only work if you truly stick to it. Convincing yourself you deserve your special treat even though you only got part of your list done will de-motivate you from most tasks in the future.