Okay, now that we’ve covered what you shouldn’t be doing when writing your to-do list, it’s time to look at all the things you should be doing!
How to make your to-do list work for you
Step 1: Write down your intention
Writing an intention down in the morning is an amazing way to set the tone for your day.
It can be as simple as: “I will approach my day with positivity and appreciate the things that I’m doing for myself”.
Whatever it is, make sure to write it at the top of your to-do list, so that you are constantly reminded about it throughout the day.
Step 2: Only add 3 main tasks for the day
Including only 3 main tasks on your to-do list keeps your mind clear and ensures that you actually get each one done.
If you have multiple tasks that need to get done soon, break them down according to priority and spread them out over the week. Don’t be a hero and try to get them all done in one day.
There is, however, one small caveat to this. One scenario that can be super helpful in reducing your workload for the week is to have a “do day”. This is where you try to do as many little tasks and errands as you can in one day. I like to have my do day on a Monday, so that it drastically reduces the amount of clutter on my to-do list throughout the week.
Step 3: Add a simple habit tracker to your to-do list
I like having a very simple habit tracker on my to-do list that reminds me throughout the day to drink enough water, get in some exercise, and eat healthy snacks. It’s a great way to keep me accountable for my health and wellbeing while also getting things done!
I also like to add 3 new habits that I’m working on creating for the month to my habit tracker. Again, I keep these VERY simple (like making my bed in the morning, cleaning off my desk, and even eating my vegetables!).
The more I’m reminded to do these things, the more they become engrained in my routine. Eventually, I won’t even need to be reminded to do them!
Bonus: I always include meals on my to-do list!
I think that one of the most important factors in keeping productive throughout the day is eating healthy.
Eating full, balanced meals and healthy snacks is what gives our bodies (and brains!) the energy they need to sustain themselves while getting all our stuff done. This is why I like to include a daily meal planner on my to-do list.
Even just including a general idea of your meals for the day will take loads of stress off! Take a quick look in your fridge each morning and jot down on your list some simple meals and snacks you could make that will keep you feeling great!