A very common complaint that I hear from different people is that nothing seems to get done by the end of the day. Ok, maybe something, but never everything. I think it’s important to have a system that will allow you to be more organized and stop procrastinating, especially with activities that don’t seem to be too pleasant to you.
Let’s start by getting used to make a “TO DO LIST”. I’ve been doing a daily list of activities since I can recall, and trust me, it never let me down.
Get a little notebook and keep it with you all the time. Choose a light one so it won’t be a burden to carry in your purse. Now write everything down! And I mean even things that you might consider obvious, like doing the dishes.
So it goes like this, for example:
– book a dentist appointment;
– write a thank you note to Amanda;
– reply emails;
– work out!!
– cook some healthy food;
– add Nine to my queue on Netflix.
These are a few things that crossed my mind during the day and at the moment I thought about it I wrote it down in my notebook.
At night it’s time to organize the list in order of priorities and to take a couple of minutes to think of anything else you might have forgotten. The list should now be numbered and you should not move to the next item before finishing the previous.
Start by doing what’s harder for you, so you don’t have to think about it anymore during the day, it’s done!
The TO DO LIST for tomorrow is:
1- work out!! For at least 30 minutes.
2- Have a healthy breakfast (make a natural apple juice).
3- Do dishes and laundry;
4- book a dentist appointment for Tuesday;
5- write a thank you note to Amanda;
6- reply emails from Carlos (have credit card number with me) and Lucia (tell her I can’t make it before 2pm);
7- add Nine to my queue on Netflix.
Don’t forget to cross the item off your list as you complete it. By the end of the day, tear the page off and start a blank new one for the next day.
Here, I’m talking about a personal agenda, if you can manage to separate it from your professional tasks. At your office or work you should have another one with a list of activities due to that day. Keep it on your desk at the same place and take a look at it first thing. It might seem too much to consider, but trust me, once you get used to it nothing is left behind anymore.