Thursday, May 19, 2011

to-do ... to-don'ts . . .

I'll wrap this up today, with a list (what else?) of some practical do's and don'ts of keeping a to-do list.

First, do be practical. Don't fill your list with impossible tasks. It's self-defeating.

Next, do remember there is no To-Do List Police Force. Really. They don't exist -- never have. So don't try and deputize yourself onto the force! Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies!

Do take a large, cumbersome task and break it into parts, giving each part a separate line on the list. Don't worry, necessarily, about keeping it all on one day, either.

Do feel free to delegate the things on your list to others. And when someone completes one of your items, don't forget to cross it off! Why not?

If you do overload your list into an impossible day, don't sweat taking some tasks off your list. Remember, this list is a tool to benefit you. Loading it down with impossibilities is counter-productive. Plus, you'll find you won't stick to list-making for long.

Do give it a try . . . you don't have anything to lose!


3 left a comment . . .:

Pat said...

All great suggestions!

Paula and Mel said...

Thanks for all the great tips and benefits of list making. I really do need to do more list making. Not only so I get it done, also, so I remember it. Seems like the mind is first thing to go!LOL! Now, what was I going to do? Oh yea, make a list.

Thanks for sharing.
Have a great week-end.

Queen of the Unfinished Project said...

Thank you for your little series on the lists! I've always been a lister, but it never really worked out for me before. For some reason, I never thought to put all the little things or routine jobs on there along with the big jobs, and it always just left me exhausted and annoyed at the end of the day when nothing seemed to have been crossed off. I've been doing it your way for about a week now, and it is SO MUCH better!! Nearly everything ends up crossed off at the end of the day. Makes me feel like I might have actually gotten stuff done. :) Your way of making lists is definitely worth trying, and I'm so glad I did. Thanks!