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Making a to-do-list is easy, but getting it to work for you? This article will help you approach to-do-lists the right way, become more productive and also feel so good about yourself!
Making a to-do list is easy, but getting it to work for you? This article will help you approach to-do lists the right way, become more productive and also feel so good about yourself!
I’m a typical Type B. Planning rarely was important to me. I lived with this philosophy all through my college years and maybe it worked back then because there were fewer responsibilities and there wasn’t much to compartmentalise or prioritise. But as I grew up and started working, I experienced what is very easily put across as ‘Cluelessness’. I would feel overwhelmed at not knowing what to do and where to start and eventually go through a phase of not having done anything and feeling disappointed. Most people who tend to procrastinate often go through this.
Over the years I’ve come to understand the importance of making a To-Do list and why it can be extremely helpful.
To-Do lists are quite easy to make, but also misunderstood. Each time I talk of a To-Do list in my sessions I’ve heard women say, “It never works!” or “I never seem to get things done at all” or “This time-management thing is a waste of time for me” or “I’m not a planner” and so on and so forth. I felt pretty much the same for most reasons till I learned how to make a To-Do list that’s effective and comfortable to work around.
In this post, I’m going to share with you the way I make my To-Do list and a few tips on how you can make one as well.
So, here goes!
Yes, there are apps now for all this. But I always prefer it old school. Writing it all down on an actual paper with a pen makes it permanent. Once you’ve visually seen the task, you’re more likely to get it done. I usually make my To-Do list in the morning with my first cup of coffee. It’s the perfect time for me as the day just starts and I can make a list that works for me. A lot of Entrepreneurs, blogs, articles suggest that you make a To-Do list the night before, but it’s never worked well for me. I like to wind down at the end of the day and feel quite restless for the next day if I make my To-Do the night before. You could either make your list in the night or the morning depending on what works for you. I’m currently using the Planner by The Ink Bucket to make my list. The planners I recommend are from Alicia Souza, Creative Middle, The Ink Bucket.
I usually put them in certain categories such as – “Evening” or “Errands” or “Important” – this way I know how to go about my day without feeling lost or overwhelmed. This list usually depends on the task and your comfort. This part is usually extremely easy and light for some people. For some it gets extremely difficult. A lot of women I’ve personally worked with go really creative with this part and create some fun lists such as – “Don’t Do This” List or “Things that annoy” list or “DND” list and each list has a purpose which makes this task so much more fun and easier to get along with. So, either stick with the simple To-Do or go all in and get creative. It’s totally up to you.
This is the most important step while preparing a to-do list. In other words, this is close to prioritizing. When we think about it there’s not much to do but when we write it all down there’s so much, we think we need to do. This is normal and not wrong. However, I do feel that we get a bit too ambitious or anxious and try to do “Everything” in one day. There are only so many hours in a day and only so much your mind and body can handle. So, take a breather and feel free to put something for tomorrow. Its okay if you have only 5 tasks on your to-do instead of 10. It doesn’t mean you’re less productive. Please remember your list needs to be effective instead of busy.
This is important. Not many people do this. Apart from checking the achieved item off your to-do list make an extra effort to write it all down and name it “Achieved task”. Writing what you’ve achieved in a day can be extremely motivating and encouraging. This can be done as an “End of the day” ritual. I usually write this in the evening as a wind down. I not only feel good about my day but also look forward to the next day.
Make space for uncertainty – I get to hear this quite often, “I got really upset because my schedule was interrupted”. I get it. It can get a bit disturbing but that’s completely okay. It’s healthy to make space for something that’s uncertain or planned.
Add breaks – If you’re anything like me, you work at a stretch. This really has a very bad effect on my body. To avoid that, I tend to add breaks to my list. This usually depends on how you make your list and how often you need a reminder to take a break.
So, that’s it. This is how I prepare my To-Do list. If you’re searching for a way to work effectively this method is quite simple and easy to follow. I hope this article would’ve helped you in some way.
First published at author’s blog.
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s bestselling authors, thought it was an ingenious idea to slut-shame Uorfi Javed, an Indian actress and influencer, at the Sahitya Aaj Tak literature festival.
“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
While boys are taught to naturally own the space they enter, girls are taught to give up, to accommodate, to adjust since "it is their primary responsibility to keep families and relations together."
Yesterday, I was watching these 4 young girls around 16 – 17 years old play badminton. They were having fun, goofing around with all 4 of them equally involved in the game.
In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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