Not everyone creates a to-do list, but I live by mine. I find that it helps keep me on track. I know what needs to be done and when it needs to happen. It also helps me to be able to accurately tell someone if I can fit something new into my list. This way I don’t make promises I can’t keep. Here are 5 simple tips to follow that can help make your to-do list a powerful tool.

  • Find a format that works for you– One of the most important things is that the list works for you. Some people do better with electronic lists while others need pen and paper. What you make your list using is just as important as what is on your list. You need to know that you will use it. I don’t usually way in but keep in mind that electronic and all the apps that can be used offers a lot of flexibility to ensure you are always on top of it. And remember you can always print it out
  • Make sure it is easy to get to – However you choose to create your list make sure it is always available to you. You don’t want to lose time hunting for your list.
  • Keep tasks manageable– If you have a big project don’t put Complete Project A on your list. You will get discouraged as it sits there day after day or week after week. Also, it will be very easy to lose sight of the steps that must get done to actually finish the project. So, break the project down and put the steps on your list in the order you need to do them by the dates you need them done.
  • Be honest– Be honest with yourself on what you can realistically do in a day. If you are networking for 3 hours on a certain day you aren’t also going to necessarily be able to get a full day in at your computer without working late
  • Check things off– Let’s be honest, it feels good to check something off your list. It helps you feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of your day. It also allows you to see where you need to start for tomorrow.

By: Amy Matthews, CEO, AMI LC