Why To Do Lists Don't Work! (Alone)
That's right! To Do lists just simply don't work. So many of you probably clicked on this wondering what kind of crap I was going on about, and rightfully so. Don't worry because I'm about to explain it all to you. If you're more visual, scroll all the way to the bottom where I'll have a video for you.
The To Do List
The to do list is a productivity tool. It's almost like an organized brain dump of all the tasks and things you need to get done for the day, week, month even. The to do list has been around for QUITE the amount of time, and it has served as a productivity method and tool for probably millions. However there was something I noticed about the to do list. I NEVER DID ANY OF IT.
You could chalk this up to being lazy or simply not wanting to do the tasks, but that definitely wasn't the case. I would make it a point to get those tasks done, but it felt like I would start to do it and I would move on to something else. Before I knew it I ran out of time in the day to even get anything done. I spent too much time on tasks that didn't matter, or that took WAY too much of my time.
Sometimes though it was even worse. I would feel like I was being productive simply because I had the list made! I felt like I accomplished something by writing everything down and gave myself an excuse to not do most of it.
How does this make any sense?
Your brain processes that you did something by sitting down and planning out what you needed to get done. It takes this and literally makes you feel like you've accomplished something for the day. It makes us feel good that we made the list! We organized our thoughts! About 7 times out of 10 we never go back to the list we made.
Now I know this may not be the case for every single person out there, but I know there are probably many of you that feel the same way. If you still think I'm crazy sit down and think about it. Was there really ever a time where you got everything done on that list? Do you go back to the list throughout the day? Do you have enough time to do everything?
If you answered yes to most of those questions, it might just be that you're doing exactly what I am going to teach.
In order for to do lists to work, we need to do 3 things.
1. Make the list
First you have to actually make the list. Literally brain dump everything you need to get done that day. EVERYTHING. However don't get lazy and just make the list. You have to do more than just that. After you have everything written down that you need to do, you're gonna prioritize.
2. Prioritize the list
You have to prioritize. Remember at the beginning how I said I would never have enough time to do everything? That's because I was trying to get every single thing done that I possibly could. Go through the list you just made and highlight the ones you ABSOLUTELY need to get done no matter what. You're gonna have to accept that you can't do everything, but you can do most.
3. Schedule the list
In order to help you do this I have created a FREE daily, hourly task manager worksheet to help you accomplish these three things. **You may not re-distribute this worksheet or claim it as your own. This is for PERSONAL use only and cannot be sold**
To do list section to brain dump all your daily to do's
Events section for appointments, parties, birthday's etc.
Notes section down below for any extras
7am to 9pm hourly schedule section so you can actually schedule your list.
This worksheet is totally free for my email subscribers! Simply click the button below to get your hands on this offer! I use a system just like this one and it works absolutely amazing. The PDF comes in an 8.5 X 11 Inch size, but if you wanted a smaller personal size for a planner you could always print at 80%. If you print this and use it be sure to hashtag #ProductivityBabes so I can see all the awesome things you're doing with it.
If you're more visual, I've made a video for you as well.