Just let it go already! I wish it were easy to let go of the need to try and get as much done as possible in a single day, but the reality is the list never ends. Here are some tips I’ve learned about how to survive the never ending list of To-Do’s.
7 Survival Tips When The List Never Ends
- Use the 60 second rule. It will help things from building up by the end of the week. Take 60 seconds and complete a task right away instead of leaving it undone for days. This is a tip I learned from reading the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
I’ve cured my habit of leaving 12 pairs of shoes in the living room each week. Now I put them right away when I take them off.
- Unplug. Turn off the TV. Hide your phone. Get off Facebook. All these digital connections are distracting your focus to get your tasks done.
- Say No! Saying no isn’t always easy, but there are 3 simple questions you can ask yourself to be sure it’s an extra task you should be taking on.
- Take tiny bites. Try to turn what feels like a monster project into tiny little pieces. Make a list of the steps to complete the project and feel good about only getting one of those pieces done. Maybe it’s only 5 minutes worth of work that you can get done. Every little bit helps!
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- Focus on one thing at a time. I’m the worst culprit at doing 5 things at once. But if I get distracted, multitasking can often lead for the need to start a task over. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying multitasking is bad, but when you need to get something done focus is key.
- Skip anything on your list you don’t feel like doing. It will be there tomorrow. Go for a walk instead. For me, I need a break sometimes to just refocus. On days I work from my home office, I take a break to shower and sneak out of PJs before my husband gets home!
- Be realistic! You cannot possibly get the 432 things all done in one day. Prioritize if there are deadlines associated to some tasks and then pick the top 3-5 items. If you tell yourself that you aren’t allowed to check Facebook or your email until after you get at least your top 3 done then checking Facebook will feel like a reward!