Life is busy. With home and work constantly demanding attention, it is often difficult to know what to tackle first and how to balance it all. Making a to-do list can be helpful. While to-do lists are a great tool, 41% of the items on these lists are never complete, according to the Busy Person’s Guide to Done List: The Science of Small Gains, from iDoneThis and author Billy Adams. If not handled properly, to-do lists can turn into failure lists, in effect reducing productivity and morale.
To help create and manage your to-do list, Persona Talent has compiled a list of tips for handling your to-do list using a variety of online resources related to productivity and workflow management.
Discovering how you work can be the first step toward creating an easy-to-manage to-do list. Are you someone who uses paper and pen and enjoys unchecking boxes or crossing out finished tasks? Or are you a tech expert who enjoys finding the perfect app to record all those important tasks? Deciding which method is best for you will go a long way to making sure that you stick to your to-do list and use it to increase productivity.
There are many agendas for task management from personal planners to digital applications. Personal paper planners typically come in daily charts and formats that display entire weeks or months at a glance and also include appointment times with 15-30 minute intervals. Digital applications provide many options for creating and maintaining a to-do list. With just a few keystrokes, you can color code, add reminders, or seamlessly redistribute tasks in the list.
With so many people working from home since the start of the pandemic, life has changed both at home and at work. Working from home can be difficult because it can blur the line between work and home life. Maintaining a balance between work and home is becoming more important and affects mental health. To-do lists can be an essential tool in maintaining that balance by helping people stay focused while they work.
Whether you work from home or in the office, a to-do list remains a great way to reduce anxiety, increase productivity, and keep you on track – all of which contribute to your overall well-being and a better workplace experience.