Creating a to-do list is anything but a waste of time. When we actually take a moment to capture our thoughts onto paper, or into our phones, it actually creates clarity and starts to give us direction for what to do. Plus,
Since we are seemingly in a constant state of hustle and bustle, we need to be taking the time to do this. Outside of giving back mental capacity and creating clarity, it also gives us the ability to say no to the useless, or to be able to delegate or push out what isn’t needed.
Now some of you reading this are in complete agreement with why this is important, but you have already tried this and failed miserably. You have failed because of one key thing, your list was never top of mind and it just created more confusion. To be successful with your list there are two general rules:
- Keep it simple
- Keep it present.
You generally don’t want to have a thousand things on your list because that in and of itself creates confusion and anxiety. A list that’s too big does the exact opposite of what it is intended to do.
As for keeping it present, you need to create the list in a way that works best for you. I do pen and paper. I have the list on a 3 by 5 index card that I keep in my left pocket at all times. Every time my hand goes into my pocket. I feel it and it triggers the to do list in my mind. If you are using a phone, try creating an alarm that goes off at certain times of the day to remind you to review it, or have the list as the lock screen on your phone. However you decide to keep it present, this step is crucial because a forgotten to do list is a wasted list.
Remember, keep it simple and keep it present.