To-Do Lists - Streamline Your Day
Time Management Guide Part 8
I had mentioned earlier the importance of 'to-do' lists and this
chapter is dedicated completely to highlighting the advantages
a ‘to-do’ list.
The 6 advantages of maintaining a to-do list:
A to do list minimizes the risk of forgetting or missing something
A to do list is more dependable than our memory
Once we have a written list of the things that we have to
do, we can prioritize and decide which jobs should be done first.
Sometimes one or more jobs may require that we go to another
office or section. A to do list helps us to avoid repetition
For example, if we have to deliver a document at an office
and collect a document from another office which is on
block as the first office, both these tasks can be done
It saves us the time energy and effort of going to the
same place twice. But only if we have a ‘to-do’ list
can we know
in advance that there are two jobs at the same place.
A to do list enables us to cross out the tasks which are finished.
which gives us a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. It
is also a wake-up call if nothing has been done and crossed
If anything remains on today’s list, it can be carried over
to tomorrow's list thus automatically preparing the first items
for the next day.
important To-Do List reminders:
The ‘to-do’ list should be realistic
say that the list should be realistic because it should include
only things that can be accomplished in a day. There is no sense
in preparing a list that includes items that can only be done over
Create separate To-Do lists for longer periods
is best to pin up weekly and monthly lists instead of carrying them
A weekly list is not something to be done on the last day of the
week and a monthly list is not something to be done at the end of
your daily to do list should include an item on doing a little bit
on the task that is to be completed at the end of the month. Does
this help towards meeting deadlines? You bet!
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