Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been quiet on the blog recently but I’ve been finding it quite hard to find ideas for new blog posts etc. I thought it would be a nice idea to create a new series called the ‘Productivity Series’ where I would share some of my favourite tips for keeping productive and motivated, especially during lockdown. I don’t know about you but I’ve been finding it quite hard to motivate myself when staying at home, which is why to-do lists have really come in handy. In this blog post, I’m sharing 5 of my favourite tips for creating and sticking to a to-do list!
Find out where you are going to write your to-do list.
I know that this seems quite obvious and self-explanatory but finding where you are actually going to write your to-do list is really important. Personally, I have a specific notebook for to-do lists and each day I take a new page to plan out my goals for the day. I really like writing my to-do lists on paper because then when I go to tick it off, I can’t get distracted by my phone etc. Alternatively, you may find it helpful to write out your to-do list on the notes section of your phone – this is really handy for if you’re on the go and don’t want to be taking a notebook round with you.
2. Work out when you’re going to write your to-do list.
Personally, I always write my to-do list in the evening, right before I’m about to go to bed because then I’m not thinking/planning out in my head what my goals are for the following day when I’m trying to get to sleep. I find it really helps to clear my mind. I also like waking up knowing exactly what I’m going to do as it keeps me more motivated. Alternatively, you may want to write your to-do list sometime in the morning. Once you’ve chosen the time that works best for you, I’d recommend sticking to it as it really helps to create a routine and structure the day.
3. Have a main goal for the day.
When writing out my to-do lists, I think it’s really helpful to have a main goal for each day and then break it down into how you’re going to achieve that goal in smaller steps underneath(this is covered in the next tip). This is helpful because it gives you something specific to focus on which, in turn, helps you to be more focused and more likely to be more productive.
4. Break that goal down into lots of smaller goals.
Once I’ve decided on the main goal, I then break into down into lots of smaller tasks/things I need to do that day and write that out into my to-do list. I also like to write the tasks out in a chronological order so I have a rough idea of when I’m going to complete each task. I find this helpful because it breaks the main goal down and makes it seem more manageable.
5. Add time to have a break/relax.
Finally, I find it really helpful to have some sort of mini reward after a few tasks as it helps me to stay motivated and gives me an incentive to tick off the tasks. This can be anything from simply having lunch, going on a walk, meeting a friend or taking a 15 minute break to watch some YouTube. Additionally, I find it’s also important to have a time of when you’re planning on stopping and unwinding for the day(5pm etc.). As much as it’s good to be busy and productive, it’s also really important to have time to relax and do some of your favourite things as it will help you to be more productive in the long term
Let me know in the comments some of your favourite tips for writing to-do lists! Hope you’re all keeping safe and well.
Rebecca Rose x