I can’t believe that Spring break is over and back to school time is in full affect! I am sitting here on a brisk Sunday afternoon as my hubby is packing for a work trip, dinner is simmering on the stove, and my children are asking to watch a movie, while the washing machine and dryer is booming above me.
We are all in the process of getting back on the school schedule and setting up our busy and productive week. The first thing that came to mind is creating an effective to do list. To write down my first five things to accomplish on my list and create a to-done list. I believe that having a written list can help me remember important information, and believe fervently in the power of the to-do list. I seem to feel so accomplished when I mark something off tasks for the day from my growing to do list. With my super tool in hand, I am able to focus, develop a strategy, and move forward with my week.
I have a feeling of accomplishment, and a less overwhelming week when I actually create an old fashioned list in one of my favorite notebooks or journals. I believe that handwriting is the key to writing down your vision and making it plain, and to capture each moment in a beautiful way. I made a commitment this week to write, review, and check off everything on my flourishing to do list. I think that it is key to create a few lists of things that need to get done. I have a list as a weekly project list, with everything that needs to take place in the next seven days. I have a list for things that have to get done on that day. I do not believe in having a marathon of lists of things to accomplish during the week.
I get an amazing rush of determination to complete my week in a positive manner and to take charge of my destiny! Here a few of my top five helpful hints:
Top 5 helpful hints
1. Write down my first five things on Sunday night:
Writing down your first five things on Sunday night is a great way to kick start your week before it is time to make it happen on Monday. Start the list with at least two items that must absolutely get done for that day, so I won’t end up doing laundry instead of confirming a doctors appointment for tomorrow.
2. Work on my to do list first thing Monday morning:
I believe that after you finish your morning routine it is a good idea to tackle that epic to do list, than you are able to take a break in the afternoon. Be flexible and simple with my to do list. I always put at least fifteen minutes in between items on the to-do list calendar just in case plans change, and I may have to leave time to reschedule tasks for the day.
3. Stay focused on the big picture and not just the frame:
Stay focused on the big picture is the best way to keep things simple, by writing my to do list choices are made about how to improve on my time during the day and week. Make a new list everyday so the same old items do not repeat themselves on the agenda.
4. Mark off things as soon as I accomplish them:
Marking off things as they are being accomplished is a wonderful way to be accountable for myself and things are not as overwhelming when a secure game plan is in place for a productive week. One way to keep up productivity is to remind myself how fruitful the day went yesterday. So keep a list of all the things that I accomplished the day before even the small and daunting tasks of the day.
5. Keep your list short and sweet:
I love to keep my to do list short and sweet, actually the shorter the better! However, I organize my to do list with the top things of importance to get them done first thing in the morning by remaining consistent and persistent with my daily schedule.
How do you make an epic to do list?