De-Clutter Your To-Do List and Lighten Your Load

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De-clutter your to-do list, starting today…

When you de-clutter your to-do list you give yourself an immediate energy boost.

Indeed de-cluttering that list is an important and rewarding gift that you are in a position to give yourself any time.

Prioritizing and de-cluttering aren’t exactly the same, though.

Prioritizing your to-do list helps you highlight what’s most important at any given time. But even a prioritized list can be overwhelming.  How many of you have lists that go on for pages?  It can be daunting and discouraging to contemplate those seemingly endless tasks.

That’s why I urge you to de-clutter your to-do list, as part of your time management process. And here are 5 things to keep in mind as you think about your list and paring it down:

De-clutter your to-do list…

  • Maintain a list of “Things to Do” that is comprehensive and includes items that are not urgent but that you don’t want to forget. This is your comprehensive list.  It relieves you of trying to hold the details in your head.
  • As you categorize and prioritize items, move them to other to-do lists.  These lists can be categorized in any way that makes sense to you and the way you work.  One of your lists might focus on recurring tasks, for example, or seasonal chores.  Home, work, and self-care are also good categories to consider.
  • Once an item has been moved to a category list, you can remove it from your comprehensive list.
  • Include space for notes with your lists.  For example, if you have a template for a seasonal chore, indicate where to find that template, next to the task.
  • Create a new to-do list for each new day.  I advise doing this the night before.  Choose items from your collection of categorized/prioritized lists.  When you move an item to your daily list, if it’s a one-time task, remove it from your category list.

Focus on what’s doable in one day.

A key part of managing your to-do list AND your energy is to be sure that what you include on your daily list can be accomplished in a day. If you put more on your plate than is doable, you are setting yourself up to feel discouraged.

On the other hand, de-cluttering your daily tasks and giving yourself a doable to-do list leaves you with a sense of accomplishment each night. This, in turn, energizes your planning for the coming day. 

Remember, these are all things that you have choices about. So, how will you start to de-clutter your daily to-do list?  What will be your first step?

This helps…

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