Ever the list and schedule-lovin'
I finally figured out that I haven't been making regular to-do lists. Sure, I have all kinds of chores and plans in my head. But it seems that unless I have it written down right in front of me, it's difficult for me to stay on task and therefore be more productive.
So I'm starting the new year off with a to-do list for each day. At least for every weekday.
These lists are not long. I love crossing things off lists so I have to keep my to-do lists pretty realistic so I don't get discouraged. I generally keep my daily to-do lists to 5 chores or less. That seems about right for my days and activity level. Some days may be less and some days a few more. Five seems to be a pretty good average for me.
My 5 chores do not include all the tasks in my morning routine or meal preparation. Rather, it's things that I may do once a week, phone calls or appointments to be made, etc.
My to-do list looks like this today:
- 2 loads laundry
- clean kitchen
- clean bathroom
- sewing project-alterations for friend
- 15 minutes decluttering in office
Being realistic with my to-do lists helps me to stay focused and be productive! That, my friends, is a very good thing!
What about you? Do you like making to-do lists? How do you stay focused and productive throughout your day?