I'm a big to-do list person. I have lists all over the place, on paper, on sticky notes, on the computer, everywhere. There are many reasons to make a to-do list. Here are my top 5.
Well of course, it helps you remember it. The mere act of writing something down helps me remember it, even if I never look at the list again. When I do forget what I had to do, a quick look at the list and I'm back on track.
If you have a million things on your mind, it can be hard to know where to start. Making a to-do list helps me decide what is most important, or easiest, that I should do first. Once I have the list written I feel more focused and ready to tackle everything on it.
Crossing things off feels so good! It makes me feel like I accomplished something even if I still have dozens of things on my list. At least I got 1 done! I enjoy going through any to-do list and scribbling out anything I've completed.
Even if you can't get around to all the things on your list, at least you know they are written down so you can stop trying to remember the things you wanted to get done. Rather than spending the day at work trying to remember the things you have to do at home, write them down! Then you can focus on work and know that you can look at your list when you get home.
Finally, because your mind is clear and you have the motivation to cross stuff off your list, you are bound to get more things done. When I see I have a lot of easy things on list of things to do, I usually end up pumping them out one after the other. Then the whole list takes care of itself in no time.
Stop racking your brain trying to figure out what you need to do today. Just write it down! Sure you may end up with dozens of to-do lists, but at least it's written down somewhere you can refer back to.
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