The Art Of The To Do List (Tips + Tricks)

Hello there! πŸ’š I hope you’re having a great day (: I have been wanting to write this post for months. I don’t know why I didn’t do it before, and I’m also not sure why it has stuck with me for so long. πŸ˜‚ Regardless, I went ahead and wrote it now so that I could check it off my ‘blog posts to write’ list! (It’s more of a mental list than a paper one, though.)

Funnily enough, this post is about lists!

I have been an avid writer of lists for quite some time now. There are all SORTS of lists to write and check things off of, and there are lists to keep track of things, too! I’ve shared several different lists across my blog alone, but today, I wanted to inspire you with some tips on how to specifically write to do lists, and how to enjoy checking tasks off them!

No, I won’t be telling you what to write – that might be weird. πŸ˜‰ I’m simply sharing how different to-do lists benefit us at different points in our lives!


The Art Of The To Do List

I’ve been thinking about sharing these tips because of how much lists like this benefit me. I’ve had months where planning out the next handful of weeks worked for my schedule, but then other times, I’ve benefited from taking it one day at a time.

The true art of mastering the to do list is figuring out which kind you need at each point in your life!

First, let’s look at the aspects of seven kinds of to do lists. πŸ’•

HOURLY.
— these are awesome for when you have a small amount of time that you want to utilize! for example, if you’re going somewhere in the mid-afternoon, it may help to write down what you want to get done in the hour before you leave. —

DAILY.
— I personally love these the most! it’s so helpful to write out what you want to accomplish in the upcoming day, as I usually write them in the mornings. —

WEEKEND.
— this is an epic way to make sure you’re fully enjoying the end of your week! write down any events in your area, vacations/trips you’re wanting to take, as well as smaller goals like errands and anything else that needs doing. —

WEEKLY.
— on the weeks when there’s a lot that needs accomplishing, this is an essential! just make sure that you allow room for changing things around, because much of what we do is dependent on things like the weather, other people, transportation, etc. —

MONTHLY.
— I really enjoy sharing these on my blog! it helps me to figure out where you can see yourself spending your time over the next handful of weeks. —

SEASONALLY.
— this is helpful when you have different things coming up over the next few months that relate to the season! if you wrote one for the summer, you may pencil in when you’re visiting the beach, how you’ll spend your free time, etc. —

YEARLY.
— lists containing yearly goals can be tricky since SO much happens over the course of a year! however, it may help to write one of these when you have lots of ideas for how you’ll be spending your time. —


5 Tips on To Do List-Writing

1. Break down big goals into easier goals. This is such an important one! Doing this may lengthen your list of things to accomplish, but checking off ten little tasks over one big one will always be more satisfying – especially if you add hierarchy! For example, if you need to clean your room, break it down (i.e. ‘closet,’ ‘desk,’ ‘under bed,’ and ‘bookshelf’). Check off each smaller goal as you do them, then you will eventually get to check off that you completely cleaned your room!

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2. Number your goals in order of importance. I first got this tip from a cool YouTuber (click here to visit her channel!), and I absolutely love it! After you write down all that you have to do, whatever kind of to do list it may be, write a number next to each task in numerical order, signifying which things need doing first. It worked beautifully for me when I did it!

3. Carry over uncompleted tasks into your next list if needed. There are few things more depressing to me than to do list items that are left unchecked! When this happens, first evaluate why you didn’t do it – did you change your mind, run out of time, etc? If you still need/want to do it, simply carry it over into the next productivity list you write and don’t get discouraged.

4. Get into the habit of writing to do lists. Setting a habit takes a few consecutive weeks of daily consistency! So, if you’ve decided to write a weekly to do list for the following week each Friday, STICK TO THAT and write them every Friday, checking things off over the week! A few things that can help you solidify this habit is if you always write your lists on a specific notepad or in a pretty notebook, as well as writing the lists/adding check-marks in the same place in your house every day.

5. Regularly decide on which kind of to do list you need to use and when! Just like I mentioned previously, there are weeks when I love daily lists, then there are others when a weekly/monthly list is all I need. Finding out what works best for you is an ongoing process, because we experience so many different kinds of weeks!


Thank you so much for reading! ❀ I hope this post could inspire you to keep getting things done in a fun, consistent way. πŸ™‚ Do you love writing lists? Haha, I definitely do! Let me know in the comments below:

Did these tips help YOU?

Have a beautiful day!

31 Comments

  1. Great tips!!! I do the numbering thing all the time!! I’m trying to get into a habit of writing to do lists but so far I think I’m failing XD. I just can’t find the right time to sit down and right a list or I’m to lazy too.

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  2. This is very helpful! I didn’t used to be very good at list writing, except for grocery lists (which I sometimes forget to bring or leave in the car and have to go back out for them). In the last year I’ve gotten the hang of using Google calendar so I don’t forget important events and appointments. But maybe I could be even more productive if I wrote things out more often like you explained. Thanks!

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    1. Hahah same! πŸ˜‚ There are only certain days when daily/monthly lists actually work – otherwise, they end up getting buried under paper, lol. I hope they can help you! (I know I need them πŸ˜‚)

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  3. Love this post! Your suggestions are so practical and doable. My problem is that I make a list and then something sabotages itβ€”like an interruption, or not having a certain supply on hand, spending too much time on one task, watching too much TV . . . and the β€œlist” goes on. I will certainly try some of your suggestions.

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    1. Thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚ I can understand that – circumstances get in the way of me accomplishing to do lists, as well! I hope my suggestions can help. πŸ™‚

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