You may think it is just a case of simply writing a list of what needs to be done, but writing an effective to-do list involves following a structure. By doing it in a certain way you can get the best results. This is how you can make your to-do list work for you:
If you do not think that you will have time to complete a task within your intended timeframe then leave it off the list, and include it on a day when you know that you have time to complete it. This means that you won’t set yourself up for failure by not meeting your goals. Decide how much time you realistically have to spend on each task, and note it next to each task. By doing this you can effectively manage your time.
Some tasks will be more important than other tasks. If you feel that bringing the bins in is less important than finishing a work report then this should be reflected on your to-do list. Tasks should be listed in order of importance. By doing this you can make sure that the most important tasks are completed first. One method that may help you is to number your tasks. All the urgent tasks should be given the same number.
Tell other people
By making your to-do list public there is more chance that you will stick to it. Although it puts you under pressure it also means that you are more accountable for completing tasks. Psychologists have researched and confirmed that publicising goals helps people to successfully complete their goals. Dr. Joe Reddington believes that publishing your to-do list makes it easier for you to spot mistakes.
To-do lists have been proven to be effective. Over time research has been done by psychologists. If done correctly to-do lists can improve productivity and ensure that all tasks get completed.
Source: Abigail Agyemang