Day before Easter Break- how’s your to-do list going?
My head is teeming with things I need to get done. My to-do list will be a crucial factor in ensuring that I get everything done. I’ve learnt long ago that to-do lists can be unwieldy and unmanageable. And often don’t get done.
Over time, I’ve made adjustments to the to-do list that make sure I’m more likely to complete them and so the to-do list isn’t hanging over my head all day.
Writing a to-do list is one of my most important daily habits. It brings a sense of calm and achievement to my day.
Whenever I get overwhelmed I breathe, pull out my to-do list and get centred.
I use a technique called the 1,3,5; -really simplifies things and gets straight to your own priorities. It’s a simple idea, really. Each day tackle 1 big thing, 3 medium things and 5 small things. That’s it. No more on your to-do list.
Today, for example, this is my list:
1 big– research and complete blog backup
3 medium -Write blog post
-grab last minute groceries
-pick up daughter from sleepover
5 small– get fresh flowers
-coffee with a friend
-wash towels and bathroom mats
-highlight activities in Royal Easter show
-purchase an eco-friendly cleaner for use at home
My mind screams but what about the other stuff– great if I get to them, but as I don’t consider them a priority I’ll get to them another day. Narrowing my list down to 1,3,5 makes me sort through the items I need to pick, pick out the 9 priority things I need to do. And also consider how much time they’ll take.
Notice too, that I always start my items with a verb. Using a verb makes each item more specific and action oriented. This is a tip I picked up from Marie Forleo- she calls it verbarising.
All in all, it’s a great way to simplify what I need to get done.
If you only have time for 3 things:
- Try 1,3,5 as a technique for thinking about what you need to get done today- be realistic about whther a task is big, medium or small
- Start each item with a verb- makes it more specific and likely to get done as the focus is on action
- Write your to-do list done. It’s more likely to get done
Yours in to-do list heaven,