Do you ever look at your computer and see post it notes over every surface, notebook pages filled with unintelligible thoughts and tasks you don’t even know how to start? A lot of people have this problem and it makes our jobs and personal lives more difficult than it has to be and can lead to procrastination. Being organized and productive is an essential part of business, so there has to be a way to keep your to-do list in check.
In order to be your most productive at work and home you have to believe that you have achieved something. When you have never ending and unorganized task lists you can work all day and not feel like anything has been removed from the list.
Be realistic – If you start off the day with a list of 8-10 things and you’ve budgeted your time for them, great. But what happens when you get stuck longer than you had anticipated on number 3? With that delay you finish your day off at number 5 and feel like you haven’t accomplished anything at all. Turn it around and realize that you set the bar too high. Select a set amount of tasks a day that you will feel satisfied with completing (3 large and 2 small according to lifehacker.com) and end the day at that. This way you can feel accomplishment and still have time to yourself during the day.
Focus – During the time you’re working on your tasks focus entirely on them. Put in headphones if needed, sign off your messenger programs, shut down email. Focus your whole attention on the task at hand and watch it disappear.
Work and Personal Life – Make sure you give yourself time to focus on your personal life to prevent burnout.
So instead of focusing your attention on that massive to do list and stressing out about completing it or even not getting it done. Split it into manageable portions and give yourself well deserved breaks along the way. You’ll be surprised with what you accomplish during even a single week compared to before when you overwhelmed yourself.