The to-do list is a tool, age-old and one that is proven to work. With all of the options for a digital calendar (iCal, Google Calendar, Etc.) and digital lists (Evernote, Google, Notes) a handwritten to-do list may seem old hat. While I use iCal and Evernote, I still find it necessary to write down my day’s agenda in a ready to grab & go format. Scientists have proven that pen to paper note taking helps us distill information & make it memorable.
Writing down your to-do’s in a quick, and easy brain dump will ease your mind, allow greater space for creativity, and living and enjoying the present moment.
Be consistent: whether it is early in the morning or in the evening before bed, set up a regular, even sacred, time to sit down, focus, and put everything on the page. Big and small.
Set Priorities: review your brain dump. Identify the must-dos versus the could-dos.
Be realistic: don’t overwhelm any one day with too many tasks. Limit the number of tasks to 5 or 10, being sure they include the high priority items. Enjoy the sense of accomplishment when you cross off everything on your realistic daily to-do list.
To make your list building easier, I’ve created a free to-do list for you. My HELLO TODAY format prints 2 on standard printer paper. This list can be a starting point, a way to organize and jumpstart your day. Knowing where to start, will motivate those procrastinators among us. Building a daily to-do list will help you drop items that really are not a priority and move them to the rainy day list.
Your list building can be a review and reset time over coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening.
Go ahead, print them, cut them apart and meet each day with HELLO TODAY.