Updated: Jul 5
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I don't like digital to-do lists. As a child of the 80s, I need to feel the satisfaction of physically crossing something off my list when I'm done. I'm always on the lookout for useful and/or fun to-do lists when I go to drugstores, bookstores, or anywhere stationery is sold. When I launched Highrise Vista, it was primarily to create my own printable to-do lists!
Using a to-do list to plan each day is an important tool for both productivity and well-being. An organized day leads to a calmer mind, in my experience. To-do lists allow effective prioritization of tasks as well as tracking of completion and deadlines. If you're an active to-do list user, please comment your best tricks. If you're new to the to-do list game, welcome to a more organized life!
There are many different types of to-do lists, but some of the best ones include those that are organized by priority (high-medium-low, for example), by category (work, school, home, kids), or by time (short, medium, long time to complete). To use a to-do list effectively, start by writing down all the tasks you need to accomplish for the day. Then, prioritize these tasks based on their level of importance and urgency. Finally, organize by category, grouping similar tasks together, such as all the errands you need to run or all the emails you need to send.
As you complete each task over the coming hours, cross it off the list. This will help you stay motivated and visually see your progress throughout the day. After you've crossed everything off your list, take a moment to reflect on your accomplishments. You can also use this time to plan for the next day, adding any tasks that you didn't get to or new tasks that have come up.
Overall, using a to-do list is an effective way to organize your time deliberately, and therefore to get the most out of it. By choosing the best type of to-do list for your needs, using it effectively throughout the day, and reflecting on your progress, you can accomplish more and feel more in control of your daily tasks.