How To Actually Finish Your To-Do List


I love making lists. At any one time I have at least 3 lists on the go. I honestly have a list for everything! It’s one skill I’m very good at. What I’m not so good at however, is actually getting the things on my to-do list done. Unfortunately, I’m a procrastinator by nature but sometimes you just have to get stuff done! These are some of my favourite go to tips for completing all those pesky tasks.

Prepare The Night Before
We’ve all heard the saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” but it’s very true. This can apply to whatever tasks you have on your to-do list. Need to clean your house? Make sure you have all the supplies you need, so when you schedule a time to tackle this task, you’re ready to just get stuck in. Need to write a blog post? Research and make notes on your subject beforehand, so you have all the information you need in front of you when it comes to actually sitting down and writing it.

Do the Biggest Most Dreaded Task First
When you have a long list of tasks in front of you, it’s easy to pick and choose the easy, most pleasant tasks first. But tackling the worst first actually makes for a much more productive day. Spend your morning working on that essay, writing that report or doing your taxes. It’ll make you feel much more productive and let’s you finish you day completing the more enjoyable tasks.

Set Aside A Time For Emails
Email is the number one distraction. If you’re constantly reading and replying to emails in the middle of tasks, you’re going to break your flow and concentration on the what’s at hand. I like to set aside 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening to check my emails. Most businesses work on a 9-5 basis, so you’ll still be able to read and reply to all important emails the same day you receive them.

Set A Timer
One of the best tips I’ve ever received in getting things done is set a timer. This works particularly well if you’re a procrastinator like me. When I need to clean or research a subject, I set a timer for about 20 minutes. In that 20 minutes I have to be fully committed to that task and allow in no distractions. It’s easy to be fully invested in the task when it’s for only 20 minutes and honestly, you’ll be surprised about how much you can get done.

Get Rid Of All Distractions And Clutter
Unless it’s ‘clearing clutter’ on your to-do list, you should try and avoid working in a cluttered area. If you’re struggling to find space on the table or fishing through boxes to find things you need, you’re just going to stress yourself out and you’re never going to get anything done. With that, make sure you get rid of all distractions. Turn off the tv, turn your phone to ‘do not disturb mode’ or pick a quiet area where you won’t be disturbed.

What are some of your favourite tips for getting things done? Let me know in the comments below!

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3 thoughts on “How To Actually Finish Your To-Do List

  1. I love lists too and have a list for everything. They are so fun. I think the biggest thing for me to actually tick things off my list is to simply write the list and make sure it’s a complete list. Which means a lot of thought has to go into it to actually finish writing a list, and then it’s a focus, always in my mind, and so things are more likely to get done.


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