If you ever feel like you have 50 tabs open in your brain, then this post on how to keep track of your to-do list at work is for you.
To-do lists seem pretty straightforward to come up with right? You think to yourself “if I could just draw up a list of all the tasks I plan to accomplish during any given day or week at the workplace then maybe I wouldn’t leave a bunch of things left undone”. But lo and behold you find yourself scampering towards the close of business trying to achieve at least two of the tasks you promised yourself you would achieve.
Well, we sincerely sympathise with you and because of this, we have drawn up some simple tweaks that can make your to-do list a better productivity tool.
- Pick 3 things that must get done that day. This sets you up for success each day, as well as helping you break big tasks into smaller pieces, and helps ensure that the important things get done first.
- Assign time estimates. Whether it’s five minutes or two hours, include an estimate of how long it will take to complete, recommends Omar Kilani, co-founder of popular to-do list app Remember The Milk. That way, you see how the tasks’ completion times accumulate and “you can make realistic decisions about how much you can really fit into your day,” he says.
- Use sections. Pozen divides his list into two columns. On the left-hand side, he makes a chronological list of the things that need to be done, such as meetings, conference calls, and appointments. On the right-hand side, he lists what he hopes to get done during those events, like coming up with a plan or discussing a particular issue. Underneath his chronological list, he includes items that have to be done that day but aren’t assigned to a particular time, in order of priority.
We hope these three points above come in very helpful for keeping track of your to-do list. With this, you can check your list and see which tasks you can tackle to make the best use of your time at work.