Tips 'n' Tricks: To Do Lists

8:00 AM

Hi Y'all,

Tuesday posts are going to be all about tips 'n' tricks! I absolutely love learning new ways to do something or little hacks to get something done faster.

To do lists are basically how I get everything done, especially daily tasks and blog tasks for with southern grace! I've learned over time that the better my to do lists are, the more grace I have during the day (aka I'm calmer and not running around like a chicken with my head cut off).
1. Write down everything you have to do. It can be as small as "eat breakfast" or "start car".
If you've already started the day, write down something you accomplished so you can check it off. I know this sounds dumb, but it really does help! You start off your day on the right foot, and it makes your day that much better.

2. Use fun colors. Use colors that make you excited to look at your to do list. If you don't look at it, you probably aren't getting much done. To go along with using fun colors, make sure it's legible. If you can't read it, you can't do the task!

3. Make it accomplishable. Make your to do list accomplishable. Don't write down "cure cancer" because chances are you can't accomplish that in one day. However, say you have a 10 page paper due. You can write down "write 2 pages" or "edit yesterday's writing".

4. Always check your list. Make sure you check your list throughout the day. Whether this means changing the wallpaper on your phone everyday to your current to do list, or putting a sticky note on your computer, make sure you're looking at it.

5. Reward yourself. Do something fun/reward yourself. Make sure you have time to do something you enjoy or treat yourself for accomplishing everything on your list. Remember, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!

6. Task importance. Put your tasks in order from "must do" to "can do" to "can wait". That way, the tasks of the most importance get done first.

7. Consider the time. Take into consideration the amount of time it can take you to do a task. You probably don't want to start a homework assignment at 10 pm that is going to take you 3 hours. 

8. Use a method. Use a method that works for you. For instance, I write down everything and make check boxes by each task. When I've accomplished the task, I physically check the box. Other people, like to scribble out their task so they don't even have to look at it.

9. Use multiple lists. Especially in college, I would have multiple lists. One for the day, one for the week, and one for the semester. This way, I constantly knew I was making progress toward the end goal with lots of little goals!

10. Remember, it's ok if you don't accomplish everything. There are going to be some days that you just won't accomplish everything on your list. Sometimes, you won't even accomplish one task. That's ok. Just remember, you will have tomorrow.

with southern grace,
Lindsey





13 comments:

Kayleigh Adam said...

I make a to do list every morning! Love this!
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Zoe Diaz-McLeese said...

Have you ever tried using the bullet journal method? I use a bullet journal for really busy days (which has been basically every day this quarter) but it's a great way to keep track of everything on your to-do list!

Annaliese said...

Yes to list making! It helps me especially during Finals Week at school each semester.

xoxo A
www.southernbelleintraining.com

Jadoregrace said...

I love making to do lists they're the best. Thanks for sharing all these tips I definitely follow each one.

Breakfast at Lillys said...

All great tips!
I make my work to-do list each morning when I get to the office and write all of my grad school and blogging activities down in my planner for each day.

xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

Tiffany Khyla said...

Yes to all of these, especially the first. If I don't make a to-do list everyday then nothing is getting done. Plus, I love the satisfaction of crossing things off of my list.

angelintheoutfield said...

Love this, especially #3! I always end up overshooting my to-do list then beating myself up over not finishing everything. Great tips! xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

Fairy Princess Jord said...

I am such a to-do list person...if I don't write it down I usually forget. I agree that color coordinating and writing EVERYTHING down are great tactics.

Ashley said...

Such a great list!! I love that your first tip is writing down everything, even the smallest things! This always makes me feel so accomplished, even if it is just crossing off eating breakfast and packing lunch!

xo Ashley

Lauren Ashley said...

These are some great tips with to-do lists. I might have to copy you on some of them... I always start my to-do list and then get really lazy!
xoxo
Lauren
www.thefashionistasdiary.com

Morgan Flinchum said...

Sometimes I write down things I've already done just so I can check them off! Haha! Love to-do lists!

-Morgan
How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

Allison said...

These are great tips! I love writing down every little thing just so I can cross it off!

Nicole said...

To-DO lists are an absolute must! I am scatterbrained sometimes, so lists come into place!

Nicole // Chronicling Home

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Reading your comments absolutely make my day, thanks for writing one!
with southern grace,
Lindsey