Do you sometimes just feel like there are not enough hours in the day?
Do you look at other people and wonder how they seem to have it all together when you just want to pull your hair out?
For the next 5 days I will be going over the most common time management mistakes and how to correct them.
Mistake #1– Failing to keep a to-do list
Making a to-do list is not as simple as just jotting down things that need to be done between now and sometime in the distant future. To-do listing is a process that involves prioritizing your needs and wants and it takes a little bit of time. Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re reading this because you already don’t have enough time and now i’m asking you to do something that takes more of that up. I know on the surface that seems counterproductive but taking 5 minutes out of your day to make a to-do list will actually save you a lot of time in the future.
Something else you may be thinking is ” how do you teach someone to make a to-do list, it’s pretty straight forward” and while yes the concept is the process that I am going to show is what works best for me.
Step 1– Evening Brain Dump — Before bed write down everything you need to accomplish in the next day, week, month etc.
Step 2– Morning list making– When you get up divide up the list from the night before. On a piece of paper, a page in your journal, a phone app (I use any.do) put the evening list into three categories (today, this week, this month).
Step 3– Prioritize your to-dos– Go through your “today” to-dos and prioritize them in numeric order.
Step 4– Schedule– Plot your “today” to-dos on your daily schedule.
Step 5– Brain Dump– In the evening when you are doing your brain dump make sure to add anything on your “today” list that you had not accomplished as well as your new to-dos