Do you want to know my secret to staying focused? It is incredibly simple! I make a to-do list every morning before I start my day. I believe everyone should do this as it can be a complete game changer in terms of productivity. If you feel like you are not completing all of the tasks you want to do in a day, or like you need more structure in your life, then you simply have to try making a to-do list. Here are a couple more reasons as to why you may want to consider implementing this game changing habit:
It Keeps You Focused
I already mentioned this, but this simple fact needs to be made clear. To-do lists help you focus on what matters. They can help you prioritize, which is an incredibly valuable skill on its own, and they can help you clear the crap from your life. I think of it this way, “If I do not complete my to-do list, I cannot relax or socialize”. This keeps me focused on what needs to get done, and it makes relaxing feel like an accomplishment.
It Keeps You Organized
I can be a scatterbrain, and I tend to forget when I have to do things. To-do lists help me keep track of what needs to get done each day. When you make your to-do list, try adding priorities to each task. Use a system of 1-4. The most important tasks fall under the 1 category and the least important fall under the 4 category. This will help you complete tasks that are not simply time fillers. You can be productive but not effective when you complete tasks. Every priority 1 task should move you towards a goal or simply be necessary.
It Provides Self-Satisfaction
Honestly, there is a sense of satisfaction when you complete a to-do list. Looking over your to-do list and seeing all that you have accomplished for the day is a fantastic feeling. Even completing the most minute task can provide a degree of satisfaction. Don’t believe me? Make a to-do list, complete it, and then comment on this post on whether or not completing it felt great.
Now that you have finished this article, make a to-do list! Hop to it! Trust me, you will not regret implementing this habit. As I said before, it is a complete game changer. Below I have listed some apps you may want to consider using to make your first to-do list. Check them out! (P.S: You can also use paper!)
- Todoist: This is actually the app I am currently using. It is free to use, but it does have some premium features. Personally, I just use the free version. This app allows me to prioritize and adequately manage all of my tasks.
- Notes (Apple Phones): This was the app I used before making the switch from Apple to Android. The best thing about this app is that it comes with every Iphone. Using the checkbox feature, you can easily make rockin to-do lists
- To do list (Splend Apps): This is another to-do list app on the android store. I used this for a brief time before I stumbled upon todoist. Both apps act very similarly and they both let you make to-do lists that keep you focused.