I’ve been relying heavily on a little to-do list trick lately. It’s seriously simple, and it might change your life—or at least the way you approach your lists.
Will and I are still catching up from our recent family trip to the beach. My list for pre-departure tasks (last week) and list of putting-my-life-back-together to-dos (today) plus all the back to school tasks is still long. Too long. Overwhelmingly long.
I can’t get anything done when I feel overwhelmed, so I resurrected a trick that a way-more-organized-than-me friend shared with me years ago:
- Get a post-it note.
- Smack it on top of your to-dos, so you can’t see your list.
- Write the next 3 things you need to do on the list.
- Do them!
For step 4, she actually recommends tackling the hardest one first, but I like to do the easiest. (If the hardest task is step one, goofing off on twitter for twenty minutes looks a lot more appealing.)
(This is similar, but subtly different from, the way I use post-it notes in my journal. I rely on that trick daily. I also sometimes use post-its in the books I read. We go through A LOT of sticky notes around here!)
I hope this little tip makes your to-do list a little more manageable today, and I would love to hear your to-do list tips and tricks in comments.
P.S. The tough love guide to planning ahead (if you’re not naturally a planner), and two big-picture concepts that help me plan my days/weeks/months. Plus 3 time management rules I wish I’d learned ten years ago.