A To-Do List That Works

Last Update: July 19, 2015

Hello, everybody. I hope you are enjoying your Sunday! I am reviewing and trying to come to terms with all the things I need to do this week. Since I have had a lot of "catch-up" work to do lately, I have tried to write to-do lists that will help me keep on track.

Being impatient to get on track again and to make up for lost time, I was writing very long and detailed to do lists for each day.

I have realized that, in my case, the best thing I can do is to write shorter and more specific lists of activities. Writing longer ones was leaving me with a sense of frustration instead of having one of accomplishment.

The idea of a to do list is not to overwhelm ourselves with the sheer amount of work that still needs to be done. Its main purpose must be to give direction and clarity to our actions and days. We need to have a clear idea of what we need to do but, we must not use our to do lists as a torture device with which we are going to make ourselves miserable.

As I see things, a to-do list has a more uplifting objective than that. It can and should help you have a clear idea of what your priorities are and should help you set a pace you are comfortable with.

Yes, a to-do list can and should be a little bit challenging so that it can help us move to the next level or task but...it must give us also a sense of satisfaction knowing that we are achieving goals no matter how small they might be.

If we are realistic when writing our to-do lists, we can get more accomplished and move on and write a new list. If something is not done yet...just write pending and keep it in mind. If something is partially done, write a side note reminding you to finish it and move on with confidence that you will.

If we tackle our chores and tasks with the confident expectation that we will accomplish them and with the honest satisfaction that we are doing our best to achieve our goasl, our days and work will be more productive, enjoyable and rewarding.

I love writing to-do lists and I know they are wonderful tools to keep us on track and on task.

Blessings,

Hilda

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mjdimarco Premium
I often write quick, hand-scribbled to-do lists. I love crossing the tasks off on by one over the next day or two. It is a real feeling of accomplishment.
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hildacbg Premium
I totally agree with you, crossing out the accomplished tasks is really rewarding.

Hilda
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bonniemobile Premium
I am a big big fan of to do lists. It is the last thing I do before I go to bed at night for the next day or for the week ahead.
Bonnie
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hildacbg Premium
I also try to write them in the evening and if something comes up in the morning, I would usually add it, too. Now, I am trying to write shorter ones. Thanks for sharing!

Blessings,
Hilda
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tomtitty006 Premium
I need to do more of these Lists Hilda,the problem with me is I don,t do them enough.
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hildacbg Premium
Writing them can help you give more direction to your tasks. My problem was that my lists were getting to long and demanding.
Blessings,

Hilda
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mlight56 Premium
Very true .... Thank you for the incite ...
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hildacbg Premium
You are very welcome!
Blessings,

Hilda
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bstreet57 Premium
I do not have a to-do-list....I have a to-do-BOOK! :)
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hildacbg Premium
I was also writing really long lists, but that was leading to more frustration than satisfaction. I am trying to shorten them.
Blessings,

Hilda
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