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Crossing Off Your To-Do List

List & Plan Pad by Gina B. Designs - My List Blue/Green FloralThere are few things in life more rewarding to me than crossing tasks off of my to-do list. In fact, if I am busily working on a Saturday morning and complete something that isn’t on the list, I’ll immediately write down the completed task just for the pleasure of crossing it off. I’m easily distracted, so it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity to feel productive.

This has probably never happened to you, but I’ve spent hours working on less important projects until it was too late to complete the items that I really wanted to accomplish. All too often the day ends long before the list of things to do is crossed off. If I’m not alone, here are a few ways to help you feel more productive during the day.

List your tasks by priority. Go through tomorrow’s list each evening and write it in order of priority. Some people even create a grid and place sticky notes in each square according to priority. Then they can throw the notes away as they complete the task and re-order any task as needed during the day simply by moving the sticky note.

Consolidate your lists into one central list. Make time each morning or evening to combine your lists onto one notepad. Keep the pad in a convenient location, like your purse, so you can check on it during the day.

Break down lists by location. Make a list to do at home, a list for work, a list of errands to keep in the car etc. It’s almost the opposite of consolidating your lists into one, but it may be just what you need to be more productive.

Whatever you do, try to be patient with yourself. It takes time to get a feel for how long a task will take. Setting aside the right amount of time to complete a job is a skill that requires practice and patience. Over time, your list of items to complete will fit better into your day.

This list of suggestions barely scratches the surface of ways to become more productive with your time. What are some things you do to manage your time and your tasks? We’d love to hear about them.

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