Who else feels like every time they write a to-do list, they only get a fraction of what they initially wrote done, but also do a ton of other stuff that wasn’t initially on the list?
I am a task-happy to-do-lister, and I’ve been doing it wrong all along.
Lately, I’ve taken to a new type of task-tracking. Instead of writing every little thing I can think of (just to disappoint myself later when I don’t get everything done), I write down only the things I must do, and my “top priorities” for the day.
I then write down the other things that come up throughout the day as I get them done. This method of daily planning has an incredible positive-psychological effect on me.
At the end of the day, instead of having a ton of unchecked boxes, I instead have a list of things I actually did do. A list of accomplishments that I can feel proud of.
This method allows me to focus on all of the great things I did that day, why also ensuring I don’t forget to do what is most important.
I decided to design my own to-do list that caters to this methodology. As always, please feel free to download and share as much as you want! I design these templates to be used with technology or printed out, depending on your preference!
Now, don’t get me wrong, there is still a time and place for the more traditional floor-length list of to-do’s. I still do this from time to time when I have an unavoidably packed day, full of things that simply can’t wait (hello, finals!).
Because I am easily overwhelmed, and often spend a lot of time worrying about what I should get done first, I have taken to breaking down my longer to-do lists in order of priority. I order them like this: “must do”, “if I have time”, “it could wait”; that way I can work from the top to bottom of my list with no confusion as to what needs to be done first.
I hope you guys enjoy my second release of to-do list templates!
As always, feel free to contact me directly or comment below if you have any special requests. I am happy to design templates based on your needs and preferences!
Don’t forget that all of my template designs live here on my blog for your convince.